Saturday, July 23, 2011


Aldean Has All Star Week with Major League Baseball and ESPN
NASHVILLE, TENN - July 18, 2011 – Country rocker Jason Aldean scores his seventh No. one song as “Dirt Road Anthem” drives into the top slot on the Billboard Country Songs chart this week.  The third consecutive PLATINUM release off Country’s best-selling album of 2011, MY KINDA PARTY, the track also tops the Country Digital Singles Chart again this week with over 1.3 million singles sold to date.

"We definitely knew when we recorded this song, we'd turn some heads.  Thankfully, when they turned, they also started nodding along," laughs Aldean.  "It's been a great song to play live and also to be able to do some experimenting with for tv performances and things like that.  I love being able to put out a big ballad like our duet with Kelly and come back with something a little different the next time.   I don't want anyone to ever think they've got me figured out exactly!"

Simultaneously, Aldean's duet with pop powerhouse Kelly Clarkson "Don't You Wanna Stay" continues to climb the AC, Hot AC and Top 40 charts.  Both songs follow the success of the lead single "My Kinda Party," making this the third consecutive No. one hit from Aldean's fourth studio effort.

Aldean spent this last week in Phoenix at the Major League Baseball's All Star Week, where he played in the Celebrity and Legends softball game and performed on ESPN's broadcast of the 2011 Homerun Derby.  He is also featured this month in ESPN magazine's celebrity series "Fans Like Us" with Justin Timberlake, John Legend and more.  Click here to see behind the scenes of the photo shoot with Aldean and Kenny Mayne:
Aldean's MY KINDA PARTY TOUR continues to crisscross the country selling out the nation's biggest amphitheaters with openers Chris Young and Thompson Square.  For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Before getting into the often raucous heart of The House Rules, jump ahead to the last track, one of only two not written or co-written by Christian Kane. If his cover of Tracy Chapman’s heartbreaking masterpiece “Fast Car” is all you heard from this album released on Outlaw Saints in partnership with Bigger Picture Group, you’d know that Kane possesses depth as a lyric interpreter that stands him apart from many of his peers.
It’s important to understand that from the top, because it lets us hear more clearly that on the riff-slamming single and title track (written by Kane and Blair Daly), the banjo-studded swagger of “Callin’ All Country Women” (Kane, Jerrod Niemann and Jimmie Lee Sloas), and the steel sweetened rocker “American Made” (Kane, Wayd Battle and Steven Carlson), his connection to the material is unusually insightful. As a singer, Kane knows how to bring each of these songs to life, whether an intimate narrative or a call to party fast and hard.
Produced by Kane, Bob Ezrin and Sloas, The House Rules combines the rough, raw edge that comes from being born in Dallas and raised in Oklahoma, with the sophistication Kane picked up after moving to Los Angeles and landing the lead role of Ryan “Flyboy” Legget in the MGM syndicated television series “Fame L.A.” He appeared in other TV productions as well and stars today in his fourth season as tough guy Eliot Spencer on TNT’s “Leverage.” But over time more of his energy went to KANE, a band he founded with Carlson. After they’d built a following in Hollywood clubs and a spot on local Country radio playlists, Kane and Carlson cast their lot entirely with music and moved to L.A.
With his good looks, stage and camera charisma and genuine Country feel, Kane has already gone far and is well positioned to go much further still.
SONG YOU’D LOVE TO COVER“‘The Rooster,’ by Alice in Chains.”
“I’m a sucker for Taco Bell.”
“My momma.”
“People that abuse authority ’cause they got beat up in high school.”
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By Bob Doerschuk
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Some people were born Country. Brett Eldredge came to it a little late — but once he got there, he dug in deep and made it his home.
Growing up in Paris, Ill., Eldredge spent a lot of time hanging out at the local lake. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school. He enjoyed all music, especially big-band swing. Hearing Brooks & Dunn when he was 16 put Country in the center of his map, but the full-blown conversion didn’t occur until his sophomore year at Chicago’s Elmhurst College, when he visited Nashville for the first time.
Eldredge went to the Station Inn to hear his cousin Terry Eldridge, now a member of The Grascals, with The Sidemen. Called to sit in, he sang “Amarillo by Morning”; when he stepped down from the stage, his dreams, his passion and his future had all transformed.
Transferring to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Eldredge spent his spare time going to songwriter circles and hooking up with other writers. Two years after graduation, he found his break when Byron Gallimore caught a performance. Soon afterwards, he became the first artist signed to the newly revived Atlantic Records Nashville imprint.
Eldredge’s self-titled debut, produced by Gallimore, connects a wide range of moods through the excellence of his co-writing on 10 of 12 tracks as well as his extraordinarily communicative vocals. His first single, “Raymond,” exemplifies all that’s right in modern Country: Written by Eldredge and Brad Crisler, it shares a deeply emotional narrative with sensitivity and power. This quality persists in the evocative small-town imagery of “Signs” (Eldredge, Bill Anderson and Crisler) and every other moment created and captured here.
MUSICAL HERO “Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.”
PHRASE YOU SAY OVER AND OVER “That’s just one of them deals.”
“Nikes — I love to run.”
LUCKY CHARM “Socks that don’t match — it’s a weird new lucky charm I discovered after playing my first Grand Ole Opry show in mismatched socks. It went great.”
TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY I’m Just as Surprised as You Are.”
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Broadway’s #1 Holiday hit comes to 
Peabody Opera House
December 7 – 18, 2011

Tickets on sale Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m.!

ST. LOUIS - Big League Productions presents the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway production Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at Peabody Opera House during the 2011 holiday season.  The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences for 21 performances only in St. Louis, Wednesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 18. 

The Grinch has broken box office attendance records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its limited holiday engagements at the St. James (2007) and Hilton (2006) theatres in New York. Thousand of families have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, which The New York Times praised as “100 times better than any bedside story.”

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, presented by Scottrade features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas” from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas. The 2010 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by 3-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien. Stefan Karl, star of Nickelodeon’s LazyTown (Robbie Rotten) will enchant audiences of all ages as the Grinch.

Coming in December 2011, Peabody Opera House welcomes The Grinch as part of its inaugural season. Ticket prices range from $25 - $62. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the Scottrade Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at For disabled seating, call 314-622-5420.

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Performance Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Lukas Nelson returning to the area!!!!
Chris Knight
Friday, September 30
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm $15 Advance $20 Day of Show All Ages

Ten years and five acclaimed albums into one of the most uncompromising careers in American music, the singer/songwriter whose work has been compared to Prine, Cash and Nebraska-era Springsteen by some the toughest music writers in America may have finally conquered his most demanding critic of all: himself. For fans, critics and even Knight himself, Heart Of Stone is the record where it all comes together. It’s an album that is alternately raw and rocking, quietly powerful and significantly truthful in its scope. Most of all, Heart Of Stone is the sound of a remarkable artist coming into his own.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Friday, October 28
Doors 8pm
Show 9pm $15 Flat All Ages

For some, their first musical memory might be a favorite song playing on the radio, a video on MTV, or a concert their parents took them to. But for 22-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist Lukas Nelson, his first music memory is being onstage with such superstars as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and his father Willie Nelson singing along and stomping his feet to a crowd of thousands. Says Lukas about his first album, Promise of the Real, “This album makes me feel good and that's the point. The whole idea of being a musician is to create joy in the hearts of others. The whole idea of being an entertainer is to make people happy and entertain. And that's something I think we achieved on this record. I really believe that everybody has their own purpose in life and I think mine is just to play music and spread some joy."

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Amy Winehouse Found Dead

Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment in London today ... TMZ has confirmed.

Amy Winehouse Dead
A press release from the Metropolitan Police, which doesn't specifically name Winehouse, says:

"Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.

On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained."
Amy Winehouse Found Dead
Winehouse famously battled addiction to drugs and alcohol and was in and out of rehab several times throughout the years.

Last month, Winehouse canceled her European tour after a performance in Serbia where she seemed completely out of it.

She was 27.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tickets for Opening Night On Sale August 5
ST. LOUIS – Peabody Opera House will hold its grand re-opening event on Saturday evening, October 1. “An Encore 77 Years in the Making” will star Aretha Franklin and Jay Leno, along with other special guests in a celebration of the beloved venue’s past, present and future. Proceeds from the opening night will benefit the John L. Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
"With certainty I can say that the opening night Gala will be a night to remember," said Mike McCarthy, CEO, Peabody Opera House.  "It will be a special celebration of an iconic St. Louis treasure and we couldn't be happier that the evening will benefit such a worthy cause."
“Charitable gifts to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital have been and continue to be absolutely critical to the John L. Trotter MS Center’s mission of taking MS patient care, research and education to an entirely new level,” says Anne Cross, MD, the Manny and Rosalyn Rosenthal – Dr. John Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center Chair in Neuroimmunology. “When I heard that the Peabody Opera House grand re-opening event would benefit the work that we do at the Trotter MS Center, I was grateful and excited about what this means for the future of our patients. This support will help us continue to pave the way to breakthroughs that will help us to better understand the disease of MS, develop new treatment options that allow our patients to have a better quality of life, and one day discover a cure.”
Tickets for opening night are $150 and $75 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 5, at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Scottrade Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Higher-priced ticket packages are also available for purchase by calling 314-622-2536.
Peabody Opera House is an historic 3,100-seat theater in the heart of downtown St. Louis currently undergoing a $78.7 million restoration. Originally opened in 1934, the Opera House stage has welcomed some of entertainment’s greatest performers, including The Rat Pack, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen.  Restoration of Peabody Opera House began in July 2010 and when complete, this historical gem will be restored to its original splendor and have undergone state-of-the-art upgrades. To keep up to date on this and other great events coming to Peabody Opera House, visit
The team at the John L. Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine works to take MS patient care, research and education to an entirely new level. The Trotter MS Center team participates in—and often leads—nationally recognized clinical trials with the goal of discovering more effective therapies for MS patients. The team has made multiple breakthroughs, discovering new therapy options that slow the progression of the disease, prevent relapses and cognitive decline and improve patients’ quality of life.
Charitable gifts to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital make efforts like these possible. The Foundation helps donors enrich lives, save lives and transform patient care through charitable gifts. Every dollar and every donor count when it comes to ensuring the best health care will be there for us, or someone we love, when we need it the most. To find out more about The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and giving where care matters most, please visit
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White Add Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Gambale
With Zappa Plays Zappa
St. Louis, MO/July 21, 2011 — Fox Concerts presents RETURN TO FOREVER IV at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on
August 25th at 8 p.m. with ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA. Tickets are on sale now and are $60, $50, $40, and $30. A limited
number of Gold Circle seats are also available.
Return To Forever, whose mind-blowing experimentation in jazz and rock transformed the music world, debuts its
historic new line-up with this massive summer tour. The tour brings a re-imagined musical dimension to both the wildly
influential group and its repertoire.
Solidifying the tour’s once-in-a-lifetime experience, Zappa Plays Zappa, the musical tribute to Frank Zappa, joins the bill
alongside “Return To Forever IV” (RTF IV), the legendary group’s fresh incarnation. The RTF IV lineup consists of core
members Chick Corea (keys), Stanley Clarke (bass) and Lenny White (drums), along with Mahavishnu Orchestra alum
and violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty as well as guitarist Frank Gambale.
More on RTF IV here:
Working together with complete creative compatibility and steeped in the tradition of extreme freedom of expression,
these five pillars of jazz and rock have prepared a must-see performance that will please fans new and old. Their everevolving
set list encompasses an amalgam of Return To Forever classics, highlights from each member’s solo repertoire,
and brand-new compositions written for the RTF IV lineup.
“Since all the guys in the band are such good composers, I wanted to have everyone’s compositions add to the new RTF
IV vibe. So we all agreed: let’s open it up — which is the way we like it, and I think the way the fans like it too.” – Chick
Corea, Clarke and White are touring in support of the recent release of Forever. The project is an electric/acoustic two-
CD set of 18 quintessential tunes. The bonus disc features special guests Chaka Khan, Jean-Luc Ponty and original
Return to Forever guitarist Bill Connors.
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Zappa Plays Zappa was founded by Dweezil Zappa to bring the music of his late father, Frank Zappa, to contemporary
audiences through a series of international performance tours dubbed "Tour De Frank." Dweezil's fellow band members
are among the most brilliant and innovative players working in any genre and, collectively, rise to the challenge of
bringing the legendary Zappa repertoire alive in concert. Dweezil Zappa, a 2009 GRAMMY Award winner, continues to
record and perform on a regular basis around the world.
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Crowds grow as TBP graces Country Charts, Pop Charts and VH1

Upcoming: Vote now for TBP’s two Teen Choice noms; Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance to air 8/17

Nashville, Tennessee (July 21, 2011) – The Band Perry is on a Gold streak! Their latest hit single, “You Lie,” has now earned Gold certification from the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000. “You Lie” was written by Aaron, Brian and Clara Henningsen and recently rose to #2 on both the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the USA Today/Country Aircheck powered by Mediabase Chart.

“‘You Lie’ is full of spitfire and it’s our high-five to everyone who’s been the victim of a cheatin’ heart,” explained The Band Perry. “Only in Country music could a song about feeling fed-up be so much fun to sing. When we perform this one, we get a big ‘amen!’ back and we thank everyone who has joined in.”

“Plain and simple…this song has more hooks than a tackle box!” said Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville President.

This is the latest plaque for the Perrys, whose debut album, THE BAND PERRY, went Gold four months after its release on Republic Nashville. Additionally, their megahit, “If I Die Young,” went Platinum, then Double Platinum recently – a testament to the song’s undeniable universal appeal.

The album, which is currently on course to go Platinum by year’s end, contains radio hits “Hip To My Heart,” “If I Die Young,” “You Lie,” and the upcoming love ballad, “All Your Life.” Album-only gems include the Perry-penned “Independence” and the crowd-pleasing rocker, “Double Heart.”

As TBP’s crowds grow, the trio has been embraced across genres. With hit singles on Country radio (“You Lie”) as well as Pop radio and VH1 (“If I Die Young”), they have been chosen to headline one of the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 concerts along with Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz and Luke Bryan. Excerpts from the band’s live show in Dallas on August 8 will air on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 17.

They are currently nominated for two Teen Choice Awards in the categories of Choice Country Group and Choice Country Single (“If I Die Young”). Fans can vote each day at The special will air live Sunday, August 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. TBP's sweep of fan-voted awards began last April, when they earned the coveted ACM Award for New Artist of the Year. Most recently at the 2011 CMT Music Awards, The Band Perry earned the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video trophy and was chosen as Country music's best new live act in a category sponsored by Nationwide Insurance.

Currently on the road with Tim McGraw and looking forward to dates with Keith Urban (September) and Reba (October), The Band Perry has become a captivating headlining act in their own right, as recent attendance reports attest.

7/22/2011       PHILADELPHIA, PA        Susquehanna Bank Center (w/ Tim McGraw)
7/23/2011       UNCASVILLE, CT           Mohegan Sun (w/ Tim McGraw)
7/24/2011       BOSTON, MA                 Comcast Center (w/ Tim McGraw)
7/27/2011       GOSHEN, IN                   Elkhart County 4-H Fair
7/29/2011       HOLMDEL, NJ                PNC Bank Arts Center (w/ Tim McGraw)
7/28/2011       HARRINGTON, DE         Delaware State Fair
7/30/2011       PITTSBURGH, PA             First Niagara Pavilion (w/ Tim McGraw)
7/31/2011       CINCINNATI, OH           Riverbend Music Center (w/ Tim McGraw)
8/2/2011         HARRISON, MI                Clare County Fair
8/4/2011         ALBUQUERQUE, NM     Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion (Tim McGraw)
8/5/2011         DENVER, CO                  Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (w/ Tim McGraw)
8/6/2011         SALT LAKE CITY, UT       USANA Amphitheatre (w/ Tim McGraw)
8/8/2011         DALLAS, TX                     
Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert at Gilley’s 
8/11/2011       CHARLOTTE, NC           Verizon Wireless Amphitheare (w/ Tim McGraw)
8/12/2011       CLEVELAND, OH           Blossom Music Center (w/ Tim McGraw)
8/13/2011       WASHINGTON, DC       Jiffy Lube Live (w/ Tim McGraw)
8/14/2011       HERSHEY, PA                   Hershey Stadium (w/ Tim McGraw)
8/15/2011       LEWISBURG, WV            State Fair of West Virginia
8/17/2011       DES MOINES, IA             Iowa State Fair-Knapp Free Stage
8/19/2011       ABERDEEN, SD               Brown County Fair
8/20/2011       IMPERIAL, NE                 Chase County Fair & Expo
8/21/2011       SAINT JOSEPH, MO       Trails West Festival
8/24/2011       MITCHELL, SD                 The Corn Palace Festival
8/26/2011       GRAND ISLAND, NE      Nebraska State Fair
8/27/2011       PUEBLO, CO                   Colorado State Fair Grandstand
8/30/2011       MONROE, WA                Evergreen State Fair
8/31/2011       WALLAWALLA, WA     Walla Walla Frontier Days
ABOUT THE BAND PERRY: The self-titled debut album by the family band was released in October 2010 by Republic Nashville and just four months later, it was certified Gold. The trio’s “modern throwback” style combines classic Country with an eclectic infusion of Rock, Gospel and Soul. As songwriters and musicians, their sound is distinct and rounded out by the rare magic of perfect three-part harmonies. Their first single, the up-tempo “Hip To My Heart” was a Top 20 hit, followed by the inspiring, reflective “If I Die Young,” which earned a Grammy nomination, reached #1, was certified Double Platinum and racked up over 27 million views on YouTube. Their third single, “You Lie,” is a sassy anthem of a woman scorned. As their fastest-climbing radio single to date, "You Lie," catapulted into the Top 5 on Country Charts. Having previously garnered Grammy, CMA, CMT and ACA nominations, The Band Perry recently earned two TEEN CHOICE 2011 nominations for Choice Country Group and Choice Country Single (“If I Die Young”). Earlier this year, they won their first CMT Music Award for USAWEEKEND Breakthrough Video of the Year as well as ACM Awards for New Duo or Group of the Year and the coveted New Artist of the Year. They have performed on the TODAY ShowThe View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and have been profiled by E! News, CNN, Extra, Access Hollywood and Fox & Friends. Additionally, they have graced the cover of Pollstar and Music Connection and have been featured in a wide range of print publications from USAToday to People magazine. Currently they are on Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic Tour and will join Keith Urban on the road in September and Reba in October.

ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Records Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville – in May 2009. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President with Borchetta serving as CEO. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine Records and Universal Republic Records. Big Machine and Universal Republic first joined forces in 2007 to propel country Superstar Taylor Swift to Top 40 radio and beyond, with Taylor becoming the best-selling all-genre artist in 2008. Republic Nashville's artist roster includes Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride; Grammy-nominated, Double-Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney.

Boyz II Men Celebrates 20 Years with "Twenty"

Grammy Award Winning Multi Platinum Iconic Pop Group Releases New Album In Fall 2011

Double CD Collection To Include Brand New Material For The First Time In 10 Years; 10 New Songs Plus 10 Newly Recorded Versions Of "End Of The Road," "I'll Make Love To You" and "Bended Knee" amongst others

Currently In the studio with Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, Dallas Austin, Rob Knox, Julian Bunetta and Tim & Bob

NEW YORK, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Diamond selling- multiplatinum Grammy winning group, Boyz II Men will celebrate 20 hit making years with their brand new album Twenty. The double CD album set will contain 10 brand new songs plus 10 newly recorded and updated versions of Boyz II Men classics, including "End Of The Road," "I'll Make Love To You," and "Bended Knee," amongst others that spawned the birth of one of the most successful singing groups of all time.
As newly announced inductees to receive their star on the world famous "Hollywood Walk Of Fame," Boyz II Men will be releasing their NEW STUDIO ALBUM simply titled "Twenty," which will feature brand new material for the first time in 10 years. Currently in studio, the iconic group have reunited with hit producers Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin and Tim & Bob. While adding the likes of Teddy Riley, Rob Knox (Justin Timberlake, Joe Jonas), Julian Bunetta , amongst others. Twenty will be released exclusively through Walmart later this fall 2011 on the Boyz own label MSM Music, in partnership with Benchmark Entertainment.
"We started with a pure love for music, so to be here twenty years later still doing what we love has been a pure blessing," comments Wanya Morris of the trio. The group's tenor and judge on hit breakout show NBC's The Sing-Off, Shawn Stockman remarked, "From day one our fans have been amazing, they've seen us grow from boys to men, so we owe all our success to their continued support," while Nathan Morris commented, "No matter how many albums we have done throughout the years we always strive to put out the best sounding music possible. We are excited to be in the studio again with the guys who have been a part of some of our biggest hits to date, it's a really good feeling."
Selling over 60 million albums worldwide and winning every award from Grammy's to American Music Awards across the globe, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, have broken numerous records in their 20 years, making them one of the biggest pop groups of all time. Cited as influences to some of the most successful artists of all time, from N*SYNC to Beyonce, Usher to Justin Beiber , the group still holds the number one ( One Sweet Day ft. Mariah Carey ), three (I'll Make Love To You) and fourth (End Of The Road) spot for most consecutive #1 records on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The group stands in the company of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Mariah Carey as the only artists to have stayed so long on top of the music charts.
More recently, the group added to their mark on pop culture, by leaving their indelible mark on some of Motown's most timeless hits. Boyz II Men earned rave reviews with their 2007 Decca label debut, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (Decca/Universal). The record earned them two Grammy nominations for their rendition of classic Detroit soul Motown hits. The group then followed up with another timeless album in 2009, named Love covering songs made famous by Bonnie Raitt, Journey, Sam Cooke, Cyndi Lauper and The Beatles.
Twenty finds Boyz II Men twenty years later, fulfilling their dreams with a worldwide following, millions of records sold, countless amounts of awards across the globe and a new album ready to move the Boyz to their next chapter.
SOURCE Benchmark Entertainment

Friday, July 15, 2011

La Toya Jackson Memoir "Starting Over" Hits New York Times Best Sellers List Making Her a Two-Time Best Selling Author

Memoir Highlights Her Horrific Domestic Abuse, Complicated Family Life, Her Special Relationship with Her Brother, and the Murder of Her Beloved Michael

LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In its first two weeks of bookstore sales, La Toya Jackson's explosively candid memoir, "Starting Over," has hit the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week ending July 2, 2011.  The enthralling memoir, published by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books and Ja-Tail Publishing Company, features La Toya as you've never seen her before, giving a first-hand account of her tumultuous life as she survived life threatening abuse and heartache, only to come back as a survivor, stronger than before.  The memoir also focuses on the loss of her brother, Michael Jackson, and La Toya's role in bringing his killers to justice. Recently featured on NBC's the Today Show, MSNBC, and in the pages of the New York Post, the memoir sheds new light on the dynamics of the Jackson family and discloses the truth behind the curtain of secrecy and intrigue that has surrounded her brother Michael, her siblings, and the rest of the Jackson dynasty.

La Toya Jackson is no stranger to success on the list; in 1991, Jackson penned her first book, "La Toya, Growing Up In The Jackson Family," which made history and remained on the list at the number two position, selling millions of copies worldwide.  This follow-up finds her twenty years later and multiple-times stronger, updating readers and diehard fans alike as she takes them inside for an open and honest account of her past, and an intimate look into her future.
"I'm so excited to have my family of fans updated on my story and to get the truth out there about myself, my family, and my brother," La Toya stated.  "It is very important for me to share with the world the love Michael and I had and how special our relationship was, as well as the promise I've made to keep his spirit and memory alive and pure."
About Gallery Books:
Gallery Books is an imprint dedicated to publishing a wide variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics.  The imprint was designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones-in both fiction and nonfiction, and across a variety of genres.   Some of Gallery Books' bestselling titles include Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn, High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips, Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, Uncharted TerriTORI by Tori Spelling, Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max and Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. Upcoming titles include The Taker by Alma Katsu, Groundswell by Katie Lee, and Love Story by Jennifer Echols.    
About Simon & Schuster:
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit
About Ja-Tail Publishing Company:
Ja-Tail Publishing Company is a division of Ja-Tail Enterprises, LLC. This is the first of several publications to be released by Ja-Tail Publishing. For more information, visit

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