Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Big Machine Label Group Takes The Top Spot Across Multiple Billboard Charts

Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore and Florida Georgia Line Dominate Sales & Airplay Charts

Photos courtesy of Big Machine Label Group

NASHVILLE, TN (August 27, 2013)— Big Machine Label Group artists take the top spots on all six of Billboard’s sales and airplay charts, as reported by Billboard’s Mid-week Country Update (8/22). The Billboard report gathered data from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, and the results have Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore and Florida Georgia Line atop the following charts:
Top Country Album Titles
#1: Taylor Swift, RED

Top Country Airplay Titles
#1: Justin Moore, Til My Last Day

Top Country Digital Songs Titles
#1: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”

Top Country Album Artists
#1: Taylor Swift, RED

Top Country Airplay Artists
#1: Tim McGraw

Top Country Digital Songs Artists
#1: Taylor Swift


Special Labor Day Concert LIVE From Rockefeller Plaza Will Feature GOLD-Certified, Top 5 “Round Here” & Collaboration With Nelly On The 5X Platinum “Cruise” Remix

Photo Credit: Michael Monaco

Nashville, TN  – Florida Georgia Line will perform songs from their PLATINUM-certified debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville) during TODAY’s TOYOTA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, airing next Monday (9/2) on NBC beginning at 7:00A in all time zones. Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), the hot duo’s high-energy set will include their GOLD-certified, Top 5 hit “Round Here” and a collaboration with Nelly on the 5X PLATINUM “Cruise” Remix, which has sold over 5.5 million downloads. Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” is the third-best-selling Country digital song ever, according to SoundScan.

Fans are invited to the live show at Rockefeller Plaza (49th Street) in New York and should arrive by 6:00A for a prime viewing spot. Use #FGLNellyTODAY to join the party online.

With back-to-back, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada – breakout debut single and PLATINUM-certified follow-up “Get Your Shine On” – multiple ACM and CMT Music Awards and several TEEN CHOICE nominations, the duo has continued to amass accolade after accolade.

In advance of their first headlining run this Fall, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR 2013, FGL can now add a string of broken attendance records to the list of career milestones. From sold-out shows across the country in Los Angeles to New York, the sizzling duo is on fire.




Nashville, Tenn.  - Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album October 1st on Warner Bros. Records titled Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career thus far. In his new album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, Travis looks back at some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, among others. After releasing his 25th Anniversary Celebration album and going back through his repertoire of collaborations with artists including Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Don Henley, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Josh Turner, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Travis reflected on the icons and their music that have inspired him over the years.

“When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear, or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us, and teach the ones that follow.  They are the reason I chose to make this album,” says Randy Travis.

Earlier this year, Travis released a duet with Joe Nichols paying tribute to his longtime friend, George Jones, titled “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” which he debuted at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in June.

Songs on Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am include:
1. Someday We’ll Look Back
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Merle Haggard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1971
2. Big Butter And Egg Man
Influence: Merle Haggard (1985)
Songwriter: Percy Venable
Original Performer: Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Originally Released: 1926
3. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Dave Kirby
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1976

4. Ever Changing Woman
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: David Kirby, Curly Putman
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1980

5. Pennies From Heaven
Influence: Merle Haggard (1986)
Songwriters: Arthur Johnston (music) Johnny Burke (lyrics)
Original Performer: Bing Crosby
Originally Released: 1936

6. Thanks A Lot
Influence: Ernest Tubb
Songwriters: Eddie Miller and Don Sessions
Original Performer: Ernest Tubb
Originally Released: 1964

7. Trouble In Mind
Influence: Merle Haggard (1996)
Songwriter: Richard M. Jones
Original Performer: Thelma La Vizzo
Originally Released: 1924
8. My Mary
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: Stuart Hamblen, Jimmie Davis
Original Performers: Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Originally Released: 1983

9. Saginaw, Michigan
Influence: Lefty Frizzell
Songwriters: Don Wayne
Original Performer: Lefty Frizzell
Year Released: 1964
10. Always On A Mountain (When I Fall)
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter(s): D. Kerran & Chuck Howard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Year Released: 1978

11. (Because) You Asked Me To
Influence: Waylon Jennings
Songwriter(s): Billy Joe Shaver & Waylon Jennings
Original Performer: Waylon Jennings
Year Released: 1973

12. Why Baby Why
Influence: George Jones
Songwriters: Darrell Edwards & George Jones
Original Performer: George Jones
Year Released: 1955

13. Tonight I’m Playing Possum (Duet With Joe Nichols)
Songwriters: Keith Gattis
Original Performer: Randy Travis
Year Released: 2013

Warner Bros. Records has been home to Randy Travis for the majority of his recording career; and together they have accumulated lifetime sales of his music in excess of 20 million units to date. Travis is one of the biggest record sellers in music industry history, with 18 No. 1 singles, 29 Top 10 chartings, certification of the rare quintuple platinum album (Always and Forever, released in 1987), one triple platinum album (Storms of Life, released in 1986), two double platinum’s (Old 8x10, released in 1988, and No Holding Back, released in 1989), eight platinum albums, and 10 gold albums. In 2011, Travis released 25th Anniversary Celebration, marking his phenomenal silver milestone in the music industry, and included a star-studded cast of collaborators. Major industry career awards include seven GRAMMY Awards, five Country Music Association Awards (CMA), 10 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 10 American Music Awards (AMA), two People’s Choice Awards, and eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. He is a three-time recipient of CMA Award’s “Song of the Year’’ honors (“On The Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses”). Randy Travis has appearances in more than 40 feature film productions and major television projects to his credit. In 2004, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the midst of every major career award and accolade, he considers his honored induction as a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, in 1986, as a shining highlight of his legendary accomplishments. Travis’ latest digital single release “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” was recorded as a tribute to the late George Jones, and included two versions; a Travis only version and a duet collaboration with Travis and Joe Nichols.

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Definitive Document of Megadeth’s Acclaimed 2012
"Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour"

"(Countdown to Extinction) may just be the
finest thrash-metal album ever made" – SPIN

Los Angeles, Ca. (August 28, 2013) – Last November and December, Megadeth blazed hot on the band’s “Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour,” ripping through their entire double platinum 1992 album from start to finish before performing other classics from their recorded catalog.  On September 24 (September 23 outside of North America), Tradecraft/UMe will release Countdown to Extinction: Live, a definitive document of the acclaimed, sold-out tour.  Recorded and filmed at Los Angeles’ Fox Theatre last December, Countdown to Extinction: Live will be available in several video and audio configurations, including deluxe Blu-ray/CD, DVD, CD, Digital Album, Mastered for iTunes Album, and Longform Digital Video.

In addition to Megadeth’s blistering performance of the entire Countdown to Extinction album, including the essential “Symphony Of Destruction,” “Foreclosure Of A Dream,” “Sweating Bullets,” and “Skin O’ My Teeth,” Countdown to Extinction: Live features all of the other Megadeth classics the band performed at the epic concert, including “Holy Wars” and “Hangar 18” from 1990’s Rust in Peace, “Peace Sells” from the band’s influential, platinum certified 1986 album, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?, and “Trust” from 1997’s platinum certified Cryptic Writings.

Megadeth’s fifth studio album, Countdown to Extinction was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992.  American tensions weren’t limited to LA, as the Gulf War was still fresh in people’s minds, the state of the environment was becoming headline news, and out of this turmoil, Megadeth was inspired to create Countdown to Extinction, considered by many to be the band’s best and most accessible album. None of their previous records were as polemical as the sonic missiles launched by ‘Countdown.’  Megadeth laced the songs with acid-tongued commentary about subjects ranging from the futility of war (“Architecture of Aggression”) to the senseless brutality of caged hunting (“Countdown to Extinction”).  “Foreclosure of a Dream” sampled George Bush’s infamous “Read my lips” speech, making a statement about taxation endangering the American Dream.

Thanks to a perfect balance of hard-rock song structures, epic choruses, and fleet-fingered guitar work, Countdown to Extinction became an instant classic, benefiting from copious MTV and radio play. SPIN magazine raved that ‘Countdown’ “may just be the finest thrash-metal album ever made.”  The album shot to No. 2 on the Billboard chart (it may have hit No. 1, if not for Billy Ray Cyrus’ long chart-topping reign with Some Gave All), and it was certified double platinum in the U.S. within two years.

Megadeth was in top form, with Dave Mustaine, the band’s then 31-year-old singer and guitarist leading the album’s assault with lyrics like “You know your worth when your enemies praise your architecture of aggression,” not to mention his venomous rhythm guitar attack with his longtime bandmate completed the picture, as bassist David Ellefson jammed dizzying arrays of low-end thunder. Megadeth sounded hungry, and the band was rewarded when the album earned a GRAMMY Award nomination (Best Metal Performance) and when its title cut garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society for raising awareness for animal rights issues.

In November 2012, Capitol released an expanded and remastered 20th Anniversary Edition of Countdown to Extinction, personally overseen by Mustaine.  The 2 CD lift-top box and digital release pairs the remastered original album with an exclusive, previously unreleased 1992 concert, recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.

In a career nearing 30 years, Megadeth has sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning five consecutive platinum albums and numerous accolades along the way, including 11 GRAMMY® nominations.  The band’s latest studio album, Super Collider, reunites Mustaine once again with guitarist Chris Broderick, bassist David Ellefson, and drummer Shawn Drover.  Released in June, Super Collider debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, Megadeth’s highest chart debut since 1994’s Youthanasia.

Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction: Live
Hangar 18
Public Enemy
Skin O’ My Teeth
Symphony of Destruction
Architecture of Aggression
Foreclosure of a Dream
Sweating Bullets
This Was My Life
Countdown To Extinction
High Speed Dirt
Captive Honour
Ashes In Your Mouth
She Wolf
Peace Sells
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

09/03 Raleigh, NC / Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
09/05 Nashville, TN / Bridgestone Arena *
09/07 Kansas City, MO / Sprint Center
09/08 Maryland Heights, MO / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
09/10 Austin, TX / Tower Amphitheater *
09/12 Las Vegas, NV / Mandalay Bay Events Center *
09/13 San Bernardino, CA / San Manuel Amphitheater * "Battle of San Bernardino"
09/14 Sacramento, CA / Discovery Park "Monster Energy Aftershock Festival"
10/04 Santiago, Chile / Estadio Monumental **
10/06 Buenos Aires, Argentina / Estadio Unico de la Plata
10/09 Proto Alegre, Brazil / Fiergs **
10/11 Sao Paulo, Brazil / Pama (Campo de marte) **
10/13 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil / Apoteose **
10/15 Belo Horizonte, Brazil / Esplanada Do Mineirao **
10/19 Bogota, Colombia / Parque Simon Bolivar
10/22 San Jose, Costa Rica / National Stadium **
10/26 Mexico City, Mexico / Foro Sol

10/30 Phoenix, AZ / Veteran's Memorial Coliseum "Arizona State Fair"
* Appearing with Iron Maiden
** Appearing with Black Sabbath

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27, 2013 - Avenged Sevenfold's highly anticipated sixth studio album, Hail To The King, is now available purchase in stores and at all digital retailers today via Warner Bros. Records.


Hail to the King has already received overwhelming reaction from fans and critics alike, who are calling the album an artistic tour de force commensurate with hard rock's legendary albums. Avenged Sevenfold is currently gracing the covers of multiple magazines around the world including Billboard, Revolver, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, RockSound, Kerrang with more. The band has been called "the biggest American hard rock band of the 21st Century," "the sound and force of hard rock and metal in the new millennium," "heavy metal's new kings," "bona fide metal gods," "the new rulers of post-millennium metal," and more.  Hail To the King, has been called "Avenged Sevenfold's masterpiece," "the most eagerly awaited hard rock album of the year," "their crowning achievement," "their boldest," "superior," and the list goes on.

Last night in Hollywood, CA Avenged Sevenfold played a free sold-out show at the Hollywood Palladium in celebration of the release of Hail To The King. The show was a special thank you to their fans and allowed the band to celebrate the release of the new album with the their fans who have supported them since the very beginning. Diehard fans began arrived at 6:00 AM quickly expanding the line for entry around the block.

Avenged Sevenfold recently announced the dates for their "Hail To The King" tour - a headlining U.S. arena tour in October and the band's first full scale American tour since 2011. Supporting the band on all dates will be special guests Deftones and Ghost B.C. See below for a complete list of dates with on-sale information. To purchase tickets for the tour, please visit
Avenged Sevenfold Hail To The King Tour

3rd Chicago, IL Allstate Arena (On Sale Now)
5th Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center (On Sale Now)
6th Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena (On Sale Now)
8th Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena (On Sale Now)
9th Boston, MA TD Garden (On Sale Now)
11th St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (On Sale Now)
12th Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum (On Sale Now)
13th Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena (On Sale Now)
15th Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood (On Sale Now)
16th Orlando, FL Amway Center (On Sale Now)
18th Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pav (On Sale Now)
19th Dallas, TX American Airlines Center (On Sale Now)
20th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center (On Sale Now)
22nd Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center (On Sale Now)
23rd Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena (On Sale Now)
26th Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center (On Sale Now)  
Hail To The King is the follow up to Avenged Sevenfold's 5th studio album, Nightmare, which earned the band its highest ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it took the Number One spot and spawned three Number One, hit-singles "Nightmare", "So Far Away" and "Welcome To The Family". The band has achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries and have sold out arenas the world over and headlined some of the worlds biggest and most prestigious music festivals playing to over one million people.

Avenged Sevenfold made an unprecedented appearance as characters in the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 video game in November 2012.  The game was the biggest selling video game of all time and featured the band's performance of a song written for the game, 'Carry On,' which then went on to Top the Billboard Monitor chart on January 13, 2013. 


Monday, August 26, 2013


Title Track Has Sold Nearly 500,000 Downloads

Hot Newcomer, “Owns The Country Chart.” - USA Today

Will Headline Shows During Album Release Week In Jacksonville, Atlanta, Chicago And Minneapolis

Album cover courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Nashville, TN (August 22, 2013) -- Thomas Rhett announced today that his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS is set for release October 29 on The Valory Music Co. The singer/songwriter, who USA Today recently claimed “owns the Country chart,” has been burning up the airwaves this summer with the album’s Top 15-and-rising title track. Nearing sales of 500,000, “It Goes Like This” continues to be the best-selling Country single on the iTunes Country Singles Chart, just behind Luke Bryan. Thomas Rhett will also be headlining a string of album release club shows on street week, hitting top markets Jacksonville (10/31), Atlanta (11/1), Chicago (11/2) And Minneapolis (11/3).

"I'm so pumped to finally be releasing my first album! My music has evolved so much since I started making this record two and a half years ago and it's representative of all my experiences along the way…the tours I've been on and the fans and friends I've made at our shows across the country,” said Thomas Rhett. “I'm very lucky that I've had the chance to experience so much and thankful for every moment. I just tried to pour it all into the songs we recorded.”

The hot newcomer’s 12-track debut was produced by Jay Joyce, Michael Knox and Luke Laird. The project will feature two Top 15 songs – “Something To Do With My Hands” and“Beer With Jesus,” that helped Thomas Rhett land a record deal and kickoff his career. During a recent stop at the Iowa State Fair, he previewed “Front Porch Junkies,” which is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

To reveal the album cover, the Georgia native engaged his fans with a unique social media campaign. Utilizing #ThomasRhett across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, fans “unlocked” video content from his childhood and ultimately -- the album cover. Watch the 16-video collectionvia to get a glimpse into Thomas Rhett’s musical upbringing, including rare images with his dad (and hit songwriter) Rhett Akins.

Whatcha Got In That Cup (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Craig Wiseman)
Something To Do With My Hands (Thomas Rhett, Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton)
Get Me Some Of That (Michael Carter, Rhett Akins, Cole Swindell)
Call Me Up (Luke Laird, Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally)
It Goes Like This (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Robbins)
Make Me Wanna (Thomas Rhett, Bart Butler, Larry McCoy)
Front Porch Junkies (Remix) (Thomas Rhett, Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear) *Remixed by David Huff
In A Minute (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley)
Take You Home (Ashley Gorley, Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson)
Sorry For Partyin' (
Thomas Rhett, Barry Dean, Jimmy Robbins)
All American Middle Class White Boy (Thomas Rhett, Jay Joyce, Brett Warren, Brad Warren)
Beer With Jesus (Thomas Rhett, Rick Huckaby, Lance Miller)

Rhett will continue playing the new music out on the road with Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN TOUR through October. For dates and more visit

Eminem Announces New Album; The Marshall Mathers LP 2 To Be Released On November 5, 2013


SANTA MONICA, Calif.Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Music icon Eminem has announced the release date for his new album.  The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be released on November 5, 2013 on Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records.  Executive Producers on the album are Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin.

The first single from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 , titled "Berzerk", is available Tuesday, August 27, at12:01 am eastern time on iTunes.  The song was produced by Rick Rubin.

SOURCE Interscope Records




New Songs included in RAIN’S Multi-Media Experience
for the 2013 Tour.

Opening on November 15 for a limited engagement at
the Fabulous Fox Theatre

ST. LOUIS, MO / August 26, 2013 – Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert,RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre for three shows only November 15 & 16.

Tickets for RAIN at the Fox will go on sale Saturday, September 7 at 10am online at, by phone at 314-534-1111 and in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. There will be an 8pm performance on Friday, November 15 and performances at 2pm and 8pm on Saturday, November 16. Ticket prices start at $27.50 and are subject to change. Please refer to for current pricing. RAIN has been added as an off-series special of the 2013-2014 U.S. Bank Broadway Series.

As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition, new songs are being included with the launch of the 2013 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

“The audience is enraptured. They get a chance to sing along, twist and shout!”
–The New York Times

“Just turn off your mind, relax and float downstream for a quick fix of nostalgic cheer!”  
- Entertainment Weekly
  “A fun-filled family crowd-pleaser!”                – Toronto Star

“ A two-hour homage to pop music’s most brilliant gem.”  – Los Angeles Times

“On their feet, with arms raised high above their heads, all in the audience were swaying and singing along in blissed-out, nostalgia-powered unison! 
-- Chicago Sun-Times

“The enraptured audience relives the soundtrack of its life!”
-- Chicago Tribune

RAIN creates musical nirvana…makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up!  A     thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia...Boomer Heaven!”
--         Fort Worth Star-Telegram     

“Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!”                                                           -- The Boston Herald

“An adoring Valentine to The Beatles!”           -- The Washington Post

RAIN is a spectacular extravaganza…did the audience love it?  Yeah, yeah, yeah!”
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Parents (and grandparents) and kids were on their feet bopping like crazy!”
-- The Courier Post

Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right.

Become a fan of RAIN on Facebook and follow RAIN on Twitter @raintribute

Thursday, August 22, 2013



NEW YORK-August 22, 2013- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that Metallica will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 pm ET.

Metallica will perform songs from their 30-plus year career, and the concert will air live nationwide on the band's limited-run SiriusXM channel, Mandatory Metallica, days before the release of the band's upcoming 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never, which will be released exclusively in IMAX theaters in North America on September 27 and wide on October 4.

"With historic performances from James Brown to B.B. King to Ray Charles and all that came before us, this will definitely be a memorable night for Metallica, our fans and those listening on SiriusXM," said guitarist Kirk Hammett. Bassist Robert Trujillo added, "With its rich musical history the Apollo Theater and its legacy are totally unparalleled and we can't wait to perform there this September."

"Metallica is a band of unquestioned influence, whose body of work spans decades and whose musical style is literally a music genre unto itself," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We are so excited to bring this private performance only to our subscribers nationwide. Listeners will also have access to Mandatory Metallica, the channel we've created with the band to showcase their iconic music." 

SiriusXM's Mandatory Metallica, the limited-run 24/7 commercial-free music channel featuring hits, rarities and concert recordings from throughout the band's iconic career, will launch on Friday, September 13 at 12:00 pm ET and air through Sunday, October 6, via satellite on channel 40 (SiriusXM's Liquid Metal channel), and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at Liquid Metal will continue to be available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online. Mandatory Metallica will continue to be available on SiriusXM Internet Radio through the Summer of 2014.

Listeners will have the opportunity to win tickets to the event through dedicated listener emails as well as various call-in promotions across SiriusXM's diverse music, talk and sports channels. SiriusXM subscribers can enter for the chance to win tickets starting August 22, 2013 and, starting September 10, 2013, can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York City to see the concert.  See Official Rules at

Currently in its 79th year, the legendary non-profit Apollo Theater is known for launching the careers of countless iconic performers, and has been a catalyst for artistic excellence and innovation since it opened its doors in 1934. The Apollo's new artistic vision builds on its legacy and new Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations. For more information,

Mandatory Metallica is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and leading artists, including Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzy's Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem's Shade 45, Willie Nelson's Willie's Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King's Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville, Siriusly Sinatra, Tiƫsto's Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio.

For more information on SiriusXM, please



About Metallica

Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone.  Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.  The band recently celebrated its 30th-Anniversary with a week's worth of Fan Club concerts at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA.   In 2012, they announced the launch of Orion Music + More, an annual two-day festival curated and headlined by the band.  Last summer, Metallica played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City and unveiled a brand new stage in that contained iconic elements that spanned its 30+ year career.  The stage is featured in the upcoming film Metallica Through the Never which will be released this fall.  Metallica is currently on a run of dates throughout Asia and recently set the record for the fastest sell out concert by a Western band at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.  For more information please visit

About Sirius XM Radio

Sirius XM Radio Inc. is the world's largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and has more than 25 million subscribers.  SiriusXM creates and broadcasts commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S., from retailers nationwide, and online at SiriusXM programming is also available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry smartphones and other connected devices. SiriusXM also holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2 million subscribers.

On social media, join the SiriusXM community on Facebook,, Twitter,, Instagram,, and YouTube at 

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 21, 2013 - For the second consecutive week, Cage The Elephant's single "Come A Little Closer" is currently the #1 most added track at Alternative Radio in the United States. It has been called "the outfit's grooviest effort yet", "good old fashioned indie rocking", and "sweeping sing-along pop". The single is also the #1 Most Added, #1 Spinburner and #1 Increased Audience at ALT in Canada.

Just last week Cage The Elephant announced their highly anticipated forthcoming third studio album, entitled 'Melophobia', which will be released on October 8th via RCA Records. 'Melophobia' is now available for pre-order at iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album will receive a free download of "Come A Little Closer", which peaked at #1 HypeMachine upon its debut.

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The new album is the follow up to 2011's acclaimed sophomore album Thank You Happy Birthday, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and has sold over 250,000 copies to date. Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly praised the release as "one of the best rock albums of the year". The album also spawned the hit single "Shake Me Down" which spent six weeks at #1 at Alternative radio. Their acclaimed self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and has sold over 550,000 copies to date. The album remained on the Billboard 200 Chart for an astounding 73 consecutive weeks and produced three Top 5 singles at Alternative Radio, including the massive hit "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked". In additional to numerous Sold Out headline runs, Cage The Elephant has toured with Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Stone Temple Pilots, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, and many more. 

This coming September Cage The Elephant will bring their raucous live show to arena audiences across the US for a run of dates with Muse. See below for a complete list of upcoming dates.

Cage The Elephant consists of singer Matt Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, bassist Daniel Tichenor, guitarist Lincoln Parish, and drummer Jared Champion.


Melophobia Track Listing
04 IT'S JUST FOREVER (featuring Alison Mosshart)

Cage The Elephant Live Dates
9/3 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena*
9/4 - Duluth, GA - The Arena At Gwinnett Center*
9/6 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena*
9/8 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center*
9/9 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center*
9/11 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center*
9/14 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amph.
9/17 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center*
9/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena*
9/21 - Oceanside, CA - FM 94/9 Independence Jam 
9/27 - Kansas City, MO - 96.5 The Buzz Beach Ball

*with Muse