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Florida Georgia Line Inks Deal with Republic Nashville

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It’s already been a great summer for the guys of Florida Georgia Line as their first single “Cruise” climbs the country charts, but things just got even better! Yesterday, the duo signed their first-ever major record deal with Republic Nashville/BMLG. Additionally, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were selected for coveted opening slots on dates across the nation with Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert, as well as the annual Country Throwdown Tour.

“Florida Georgia Line has built a gigantic army of loyal fans, one by one, door to door, who have rocked with them at shows all across the USA and Canada! Their talent, energy and work ethic are second to none and we could be no more proud to welcome Tyler and Brian into the Republic Nashville family,” said Republic Nashville President and Big Machine Label Group EVP Jimmy Harnen.

“What an honor and a blessing to be a part of such a great team and awesome label… This is another step in the FGL journey and I’m so pumped to see where this leads!” said Hubbard.

Kelley echoed his band mate’s excitement, “Our family just got bigger! We are so excited to work with everyone at the label. It’s a dream come true. We are ready to rock, ready to work and ready for the ride of our lives!”

Brantley Gilbert Heading Out On First Headlining Tour

Brantley Gilbert. photo credit: Strut Entertainment.

Big Machine’s Brantley Gilbert is ready for the big leagues. The country-rocker will be heading off on his first headlining tour right after celebrating his second-ever number one single “You Don’t Love Her Like I Do.” Brantley’s tour, “Hell On Wheels Tour,” kicks off Thursday, September 27th in Lafayette, IN and will feature special guests Uncle Kracker, Greg Bates and Brian Davis on select dates.

The country rebel has served time touring with Toby Keith and Eric Church with a high energy, fist pumping show. At only 27 years old, he’s already received some pretty big recognition from the industry: a nomination for 2012 Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Artist Of The Year, and his first-ever nod in Song Of The Year at the 2011 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

Check out Brantley’s tour dates below and let us know if you’ll be heading out to see him on one of these dates:

Upcoming Tour dates subject to change:

9/27 — Lafayette, IN – Elliot Hall of Music
9/28 – Poplar Bluff, MO – Black River Coliseum
10/4 – Missoula, MT – Adams Center
10/5 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
10/6 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
10/11 – Dodge City, KS – United Wireless Arena
10/18 – Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center
10/20 – San Antonio, TX – Cowboys Dance Hall

Zac Brown Band Announced as Fourth Artist in “Road To The Ram Jam” Series

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The “Road to the Ram Jam” series and sweepstakes, presented by the Ram Truck brand, features five of today’s top country acts – Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin, and newly added Zac Brown Band, and provides fans the opportunity to win prizes including trips for two to an invitation-only 2012 Ran Jam concert event December 29th in Nashville, TN where all five artists will perform – awesome!

Fans can enter the chance to win the sweepstake trips for two to the invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event at www.RamTrucks.com/RoadtoRamJam or on the Ram Trucks Facebook page at www.ramjamsweeps.com. The Road to the Ram Jam series and sweepstakes helps bring country music fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, free music downloads, and the opportunity to win some cool prizes, like collectible posters and vinyl records through participating country radio stations nationwide.

Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett Hit the Road with Toby Keith

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Toby Keith’s “Live In Overdrive” tour kicked off over the weekend with stops in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Albuquerque.

Opening acts, Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett, both Georgia natives, had the opportunity to meet one of their football heroes, Denver Broncos’ running back and former Georgia Bulldog, Knowshon Moreno, Friday night at Denver’s Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. Both artists’ singles are currently racing up the charts with Gilbert’s second single, “You Don’t Know Her like I Do” headed to #1. Thomas Rhett’s debut single, “Something To Do With My Hands,” is already Top 20 and rising, making him one of the hottest new acts out this year.

Florida Georgia Line Lace Up Their Boots in Support of the Troops

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Country newcomers Florida Georgia Line are proud to join forces with the Boot Campaign in support of the troops. The duo, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, have pledged their commitment to the cause by putting on their own combat boots to literally “take a walk in a soldier’s shoes.”

For the band, this is a cause that hits close to home. “Anything that we can do to help our soldiers past, present and future and their families, we are thankful to be a part of. This cause really hits close to home; my uncle and cousin both served overseas and my grandfather was awarded two purple hearts during his active duty. We are proud to be a part of The Boot Campaign and thrilled to have them on the road with us for the Country Throwdown Tour. We hope to see all the country fans at the show put their boots on and join us in supporting our veterans as they return home,” says Kelley.

Florida Georgia Line is in good company, as other celebrity supporters of the Boot Campaign include Dolly Parton, The Rock, FX’s Cast of Sons Of Anarchy, Troy Aikman, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, George Jones and Gary Allan. Supporters of the cause purchase boots, with all proceeds going to military charities, to put on in order to “symbolically walk in the shoes of our military men and women to remember their service and sacrifice.”

Florida Georgia Line is currently speeding up the charts with their debut single “Cruise,” from their new EP It’z Just What We Do. For more information on Florida Georgia Line and tour dates, visit www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.

Big Machine and Clear Channel Announce Groundbreaking Agreement

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The Big Machine Label Group is home to such artists as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Eden’s Edge on Big Machine Records, as well as Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, The Mavericks and Thomas Rhett on Valory Music Co. The group announced today that they are partnering with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to align their business interests and accelerate growth and innovation in digital radio to the benefit of music fans and radio listeners everywhere.

Through this agreement, Big Machine (and its artists) will become the first record company to directly participate in Clear Channel’s terrestrial broadcast radio revenues.  For Big Machine Label President and CEO Scott Borchetta, it was a no brainer. Borchetta said, “In Clear Channel, I found partners who shared my big-picture view of how we could structure an agreement to benefit all involved. Not only does this partnership enable Big Machine to participate in terrestrial broadcast revenues, but we are also helping to grow digital radio – a great opportunity for all of us and a breakthrough opportunity for Big Machine artists.” 
 
“Scott Borchetta has reinvented the music business in many important ways over the years, from distribution and artist development to promotion and advertising,” said Bob Pittman, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel. “Focusing that same creativity on how best to grow the music business, Scott has developed this new model with us to let his labels and artists participate in the revenue of broadcast radio immediately and in digital radio as it builds. This is a big step, but we think this investment is an opportunity worth taking to align our interests in all of our revenue streams and grow digital listening to its full potential with record labels and their artists as our partners. This landmark agreement creates a structure that makes sense for both our companies – but most of all for music fans.”
 
“Today, 98 percent of our listening is terrestrial broadcast and 2 percent digital – with record labels and artists only paid for the 2 percent,” said John Hogan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “This new agreement expands label and artist participation from just digital to terrestrial broadcast radio revenues in one comprehensive framework that will give all of us a great incentive to drive the growth of the digital radio industry and allow everyone to participate financially in its growth. This market-based solution helps bring the best in music to radio listeners wherever they want to hear it.”

Lionel Richie, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, and Carrie Underwood Earn RIAA Gold Awards

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced that Lionel Richie’s first album in five years, “Tuskegee,” was certified RIAA Gold in just one month this April.  The RIAA also awarded Brantley Gilbert his first Gold album award for “Halfway to Heaven.”  “Country Must Be Country Wide” off the album earned Gilbert his debut Gold digital single in January.  Kip Moore also earned a premiere digital song certification and first Gold single for “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.” 

America’s sweetheart Carrie Underwood also earned a 2x multi-Platinum certification for “Jesus Take The Wheel.”  Underwood also earned her 13th career Gold digital single award for “Good Girl.”

For a complete list of all album, single, mastertone and video awards can also be accessed at www.riaa.com.

Brantley Gilbert Inspires Baby Names

Brantley Gilbert. photo credit: Strut Entertainment.

Looks like the United States really are turning into the BG Nation. In a recent study done by the Social Security Administration, as reported on ABC and the Today Show this morning, the name “Brantley” made the biggest jump on the list of 2011 Top Baby Boy Names. It made the leap from number 736 to 320, which is a crazy 416 spots! One of the contributing factors in the big leap is believed to be the rising success of Brantley Gilbert, whose hit single “Country Must Be Country Wide” shot to the top of the charts late last year.

We might see the name jump more this year with the release of his new single “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” That little tune is currently top 10 at country radio and still rising. What country artist would you name your kids after?

2012 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge Roster

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The 22nd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, and the first several players on the roster have been announced! Suiting up for the cause are: Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred. The AfterMidnite and Grand Ole Opry players rosters will be updated as more players commit to the event.

The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised almost $2 million dollars since its inception. The cause benefits City of Hope as it strives to find cures and more effective treatment for cancer and other diseases. Tickets to the game are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Come out and watch some of your favorite artists battle it out on the field in support of those battling for their lives!

PHOTO: Brantley Gilbert Surprised With Gold Plaque

Brantley Gilbert. photo credit: Strut Entertainment.

Before the sold-out show Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena, Valory Music Co artist Brantley Gilbert was surprised with a gold plaque presentation at a pre-concert party hosted by his label and booking agency. The plaque commemorates over 500,000 digital downloads of his “Halfway To Heaven Deluxe” album. Check out the picture of his pre-concert celebration with his industry friends below.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Brantley and are not only celebrating a GOLD record but that HALFWAY TO HEAVEN is now officially halfway to platinum,” said Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta.

Brantley’s album also features the gold-certified single “Country Must Be Country Wide,” and his current top 15 single “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” He’s currently out on the road supporting Eric Church on the “Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour.” 

Check out the picture of the celebration below: