Monday, July 11, 2011

RASCAL FLATTS “I WON’T LET GO” CERTIFIED GOLD

RASCAL FLATTS “I WON’T LET GO” CERTIFIED GOLD

OVER 500,000 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF THEIR 13th #1 SMASH SOLD
                                                                       
Nashville, TN (July 11, 2011) – Rascal Flatts current single, “I Won’t Let Go,” has earned Digital Gold certification from the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000. This accolade comes on the heels of the song’s recent ascent to the #1 spot on the USA Today/Country AirCheck powered by Mediabase chart, becoming the 13th career #1 for the most awarded country vocal group of the past decade. The song, written by Steve Robson and Jason Sellers, is the second consecutive #1 single from their current Big Machine Records album NOTHING LIKE THIS.

Currently, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are bringing their high-energy show and a few surprises to fans across the country as part of “Flatts Fest,” visiting 23 cities with opening acts Sara Evans, Easton Corbin and Justin Moore. The tour runs through September 18 and includes several interactive pre-show festivities such as the Karaoke Challenge, presented by Starkey; the “Why Wait” Chapel, hosted by David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse; a “Flatts Fest” Scavenger Hunt and a “Flatts Fest” Fan Zone, sponsored by Mossy Oak.

Rascal Flatts debuted their first album on Big Machine Records, NOTHING LIKE THIS, last November at #1 on the country album sales chart and became one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at #1. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the chart. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded country group of the past decade with nearly 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more. Since their touring career began, they have sold over 6 million concert tickets.

For additional information on Rascal Flatts and the “Flatts Fest” tour, visit www.rascalflatts.com.

About Big Machine RecordsScott Borchetta founded independent label Big Machine Records in September 2005 and serves as its President/CEO. In its first year Big Machine scored its first #1 single (Jack Ingram’s “Wherever You Are”), placed five singles in the Country Top 30, received a nomination for Record Label of the Year, and placed all of the label's new artist releases in the Top 10 Most-Played New Artists of 2006 (as monitored by Mediabase and reported by USA Today and Country Aircheck). In 2010 Big Machine was named Country Label of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine/Powered by USA Today for the second consecutive year. Also in 2010, Big Machine’s signature artist Taylor Swift’s third album, SPEAK NOW, became the best-selling Country studio album debut of all time with over 1 million units sold in its first week. With the release, Taylor became the 4th female artist in history (across all genres) to debut with more than 1 million first-week units sold. Big Machine Records’ current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts as well established act Jack Ingram and hot newcomers Steel Magnolia, Edens Edge and comedienne Melissa Peterman.  In 2009, Big Machine partnered with Universal Republic to create Republic Nashville, signing Superstar Martina McBride, breakout group The Band Perry, critically acclaimed Eli Young Band and one-to-watch Sunny Sweeney.  In 5 years, Big Machine Records artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations.
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