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Book – Carrie Underwood – Artist Management

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Carrie Marie Underwood-Fisher (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer-songwriter and actress who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol. Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a multiple Grammy Award winner, a Grand Ole Opry inductee, a Golden Globe Award nominee, a three-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist winner, and a the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year. She is the first ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year

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Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum, and as of February 2006, was the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history.[1] It was also the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, as of February 2008.[2] Some Hearts yielded three number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs. Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. It has sold over 3 million copies as of January 2010,[3] and produced four number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Underwood released her third album, Play On, on November 3, 2009. It has been certified Platinum by the RIAA[4] and has produced three number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs so far. As of May 2010, Underwood has sold 20 million singles and over 16 million albums worldwide.[5]

Having 10 #1 Hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs, Underwood is tied with Reba McEntire as the Female Country Artist with Most #1 Hits on such chart from 1990 to present.[6] She’s also the only solo Country Artist to have a #1 hit on Billboard Hot 100 Songs in the 2000 decade, as “Inside Your Heaven” reached the top of the chart on July 2005. Some Hearts, Underwood’s debut album, was named the Best Country Album of the 2000 Decade by Billboard,[7] and she’s the only Female Artist to appear on the Top 10 of Billboard’s Best Country Artists of the 2000 Decade list, ranked at #10.[8] She was also ranked #50 on the Artists of the Decade list by Billboard.[9] In 2010, Underwood was #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Artists,[10] #4 on the Top Country Album Artists[11] and #23 on Top Artists of 2010.[12]

Underwood was born to Stephen and Carole Underwood on March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was raised on her parents’ farm in the rural town of Checotah, Oklahoma.[13] Her father worked in a sawmill, while her mother taught elementary school.[14] During her childhood, Underwood performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show, and sang at the Free Will Baptist Church. She later sang for local events in Checotah, including Old Settler’s Day and the Lion’s Club.[15] In 1996, Capitol Records was preparing a contract for Underwood but cancelled it when company management changed. She spent part of her summer as a page for Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame.[16]

Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian.[15] After high school, she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism.[17] Underwood is a member of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.[18] For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern State University’s Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.[19]

In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St. Louis, Missouri. After she sang “Could’ve Been” by Tiffany on the top 12 girls night, judge Simon Cowell commented that she would be one of the favorites to win the competition. During the top 11 finalists’ performance on the March 22, 2005, Idol episode, Underwood sang a rendition of the number one 1980s rock hit “Alone”, made famous by Heart, and Cowell predicted that Underwood would not only win the competition, but she would also outsell all previous Idol winners.[20]

One of the show’s producers later said she dominated the voting, winning each week handily.[21] She gained a fan base known as “Carrie’s Care Bears” during the course of the show, and became the fourth season winner on May 25, 2005.

In June 2010, Underwood was nominated for four Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Country Artist Female, Choice Country Album for “Play On”, Choice Country Single for “Undo It”, and Choice American Idol Alum. All the awards were fan-voted at the show’s official website. [56]

On June 16, 2010, the RIAA certified Underwood’s song, “Temporary Home”, as Gold. On July 8, 2010, the RIAA certified Underwood’s song, “Undo It”, as Gold. The certifications gave Underwood her seventh and eighth Gold single to tag along with four platinum or multi-platinum singles.

On July 30, 2010, Underwood performed at The Today Show’s Summer Concert Series. Underwood performed “Before He Cheats”, “Cowboy Casanova”, and “Undo It”. Later on that day, she confirmed in an interview that the fourth single from Play On would be “Mama’s Song”.

On July 31, 2010, Underwood performed at the Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour event alongside Brad Paisley. An estimated 60,000 people attended the outdoor event and watched the two perform in the pouring rain.

On the week ending August 7, 2010, “Undo It” hit #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

On August 26, 2010, Underwood and Brad Paisley were announced as cohosts for the 44th Country Music Awards to be held in Nashville, November 10, 2010. This is the third year in a row that Underwood and Paisley hosted the CMAS. Underwood is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year (“Play On”).

In early September, 2010, Underwood gave a press conference in NYC where she was announced as the new face of “Olay” skincare products. She is the first ever North American ambassador for the product. As part of the campaign, Underwood will appear in television and print ads.[citation needed]

The 4th single from Play On, Mama’s Song, was released to country radio on September 13, 2010. The music video premiered on VEVO on September 24. Underwood’s real-life mother and husband Mike Fisher appeared in the video.

On September 16, 2010, Underwood taped a special concert at the Grand Ole Opry that aired on November 14, 2010, on the TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, and Keith Urban participated in rebuilding a school in Tennessee that was lost in the Nashville flood.

On October 2, Underwood sold out the prestigious Hollywood Bowl in LA and played with the Hollywood Bowl orchestra as part of her Play On Tour. Randy Travis and Orianthi joined her on stage to perform a few songs.

Underwood was honored by the CMT Artists of the Year special as one of the 5 top Artists of the year in 2010 in country music. The event aired on CMT on December 3, 2010.

On October 14, 2010, Underwood won an Inspirational Country Music Award for Video of the year for her song, “Temporary Home”.

On October 23, 2010, Underwood won Female Vocalist of the Year, and Video of the Year for “Cowboy Casanova” at the French Country Music Awards.

Underwood co-wrote and recorded a song entitled “There’s a Place for Us,” the lead single from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It was released to iTunes on November 16, 2010.[57] Underwood and songwriters, David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey, received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.[58]

Underwood co-hosted the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010 with Brad Paisley.[59]

Underwood won her 6th American Music Award. She won “Favorite Country Album”, for “Play On”. That makes her the only artist in the American Music Award history to have all albums awarded in such a category.[60]

Underwood was the American Country Awards’ top winner with six wins, Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for (Play On), Female Artist Single of the Year for (“Cowboy Casanova”), Female Artist Video of the Year for (“Cowboy Casanova”) and Touring Artist of the Year.[61]

On December 14, 2010, Underwood was nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press for her first Golden Globes award, under the category Best Original Song from a Movie, for the song she co-wrote and recorded for the movie “Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”[62]

Carrie was nominated for a Pollstar Touring Award on January 4, 2011, for her Play On Tour, for Most Creative Stage Production. The award ceremony will be held February 5, 2011, at the Nokia Center in LA.

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Book – Diplo – Artist Management

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Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978 (1978-11-10) (age 32),[1] better known by his stage name Diplo, is a Philadelphia-based American DJ, producer, and songwriter. Together with DJ Low Budget, he runs Hollertronix, a club and music collective. He also founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as the not for profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, Pentz has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia.

During his rise to notability, Diplo worked with and dated British musician M.I.A., an artist who is credited with helping expose him in his early career. Later, Pentz and fellow M.I.A. producer Switch created a Jamaican dancehall project titled Major Lazer. Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other notable pop artists.[2][3][4][5][6] Pentz’s alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.[7]
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Born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in various regions across Southern United States, Diplo developed an interest in much of the local culture.[8] He began attending the University of Central Florida in 1997, and then moved to Philadelphia to continue his studies at Temple University, where he first gained notoriety as a DJ.[9] After frequently running into fellow DJ Low Budget, the two began throwing parties under the Hollertronix moniker in 2003 as a way of maintaining control of what they were able to play during DJ gigs in Philadelphia.[3] The success of these parties allowed the two to release mixtapes, both separate and together, gathering acclaim across the country.[10] One such mixtape, Never Scared, was named one of the New York Times’ top ten albums of 2003,[11] and the Hollertronix name became synonymous with parties featuring guests like Bun B, Spank Rock, M.I.A., among others.[12] Hollertronix’s sound has been described as “disparate genres to be smashed together for maximum attention-grabbing impact” an aesthetic which takes from the “organic, cohesive, whole” aesthetic of acts such as Bun B, Lil Jon, Drama, M.I.A., Björk, Busta Rhymes, and others.[5][13]
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Diplo honed in the club aesthetic of his Hollertronix music for a more reflective sound on his solo debut, Florida, which was released on the Big Dada Records imprint Ninja Tune.[14] The album Florida was pressed twice, first with a CD and the second with a CD and DVD. The DVD was created by System D-128, another artist who has collaborated with Diplo on some audio and video projects. Before Florida’s DVD accompaniment, another DVD surfaced called Diplo: “Banned in Libya” which was released by Money Studies, the first label to have release a solo project by Diplo under his original DJ name Diplodocus. It was a 45 rpm record called “Thingamajawn” for which there is also a music video System D-128 directed. Similar to the Florida DVD, “Banned in Libya” is an experimental audio and video mix of some of Diplo’s original music blended with a number of other unidentified sources.

His particular affinity for one genre of music called Baile Funk (or Favela Funk) would spawn a series of mixtapes (Favela on Blast, Favela Strikes Back), which served to bring the Brazilian dance music of the ghettos to the United States.[10]

Although Diplo spent time as a school teacher, and a Subway employee,[9] it wasn’t long before his Hollertronix parties would provide him the success necessary to move to the next logical step and build a studio where music would become his full-time focus. With this goal in mind, Diplo built “The Mausoleum,” a video studio, recording studio, record label office, gallery, and event space in Philadelphia.[15] Since its inception, The Mosoleum has become the home to recordings by artists like Christina Aguilera, Shakira, M.I.A., Santigold, Spank Rock, Plastic Little, Blaqstarr, Paper Route Gangstaz, and hosted concerts by Glass Candy, Skream, Boys Noize, and more.[15]
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After hearing one of his songs in 2004, M.I.A. approached Diplo when he was DJ’ing one night at the Fabric Club in London. Regarding their first meeting, M.I.A. said “It had that same homelessness about it. It didn’t have a particular genre, which is what people always say to me: Your song doesn’t fit anywhere. So I went on a mad mission to find other people like that, because then we could make a home.”[16][17] Coincidentally, Diplo was playing her songs “Galang” and “Fire Fire” as she entered the club, which he got from a worker at i-D magazine.[17][18] Diplo added, “She came through and she wanted to meet me ’cause she’d heard my single and the funk mix from one of her A&Rs and she just thought I was right up her alley. Besides me being a white dude from Florida and her being a Sri Lankan girl in England, everything else was the same: [We were both] film graduates, [listened to] all the same music when we were kids, were going in the same direction right now in music, it was amazing… I always wanted to make a beat with her, but all my beats were really shitty at the time.”[18][19] The two eventually collaborated on a mixtape, Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1., where Arular track acapellas were mashed with other artists’ songs and was mentioned as ‘Albums of the Year’ from the New York Times and Pitchfork Media.[18][20] At this time it is rumored the two became romantically involved and continued to worked together after the release and he toured as a DJ on her 2005 Arular Tour.

Critics have been divided on his early work, with some expressing acclaim for the mixtape, while others expressing relief that M.I.A.’s aesthetic and her debut album didn’t have a lot of input from the DJ.[5] In 2007, Arulpragasam confronted the public media, specifically music blog Pitchforkmedia about some journalists’ motives behind misinformation regarding Diplo and her work. Pitchforkmedia author Paul Thomson responded by stating Diplo “seemed to think he had a bit to do with both of her records.”[21] Diplo has worked on two tracks on each M.I.A. album. In 2009, he admitted that aside from loaning a baile funk beat to the song “Bucky Done Gun” he lied to people that he produced M.I.A.’s first album “to get them to know who I was.”[22] He described the songs he did not work on on M.I.A.’s third album as being “a turd” in 2010.[23] He stated that he worked at a studio in Santa Monica rather than at M.I.A.’s home studio on the album, because “her boyfriend really hates me”.[24] Later he mentioned his distaste for the album stemmed from not “feeling the vibe with some of the new producers.”[25]

Diplo would continue to work with M.I.A. and through her meet London DJ Switch; together they created the Grammy nominated track ‘Paper Planes’. Peaking at #4 on the Billboard US Hot 100.[26] Diplo would go on to release a slew of similarly styled mixtapes with Downtown Records’ Santigold and Polydor Records’ La Roux, as well as mixtapes with Paper Route Gangstaz, Das Racist, and Gucci Mane.

From this, Diplo went from an unknown DJ to taking off as a producer, landing him collaborations with artists like Shakira, Robyn, Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars and Snoop Dogg, as well as work with Maluca, Kid Sister, Die Antwoord, Alex Clare, Rolo Tomassi, Amanda Blank, Dark Meat. After taking a trip to Brazil to investigate the Favela music scene,[3] and fascinated with the energy the scene had to offer, Diplo decided to import a dance-funk group Bonde do Role from Brazil for release on his Mad Decent record label (also housed within in ‘The Mausoleum’).[27] This group would serve to define Baile Funk in the United States, spawning a host of others to join the movement. Diplo also spent some time documenting the music, and the favelas of Brazil[28] with a film he produced and directed called Favela on Blast.[29]

Although Favela Funk remained an interest (the Favela on Blast documentary just saw release in 2009), his Mad Decent imprint would serve as a blank palette for Diplo to showcase the myriad different sounds he’d come across while touring around the world.[9] Diplo quickly developed a reputation for his extensive touring. In the April, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine Diplo was touted as one of ’40 Reasons to be Excited About Music’.[30] This kind of jet setting pushed his label far beyond the Favela Funk genre with which it initially began. Since founding it in 2005[31] Diplo’s Mad Decent label has released music by Santogold, Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Peter Bjorn and John, Bosco Delrey, Rusko, Buraka Som Systema, Savage Skulls, Oliver Twizt, Jamie Fanatic, Douster, Boy 8bit, and Popo[32][33] Beyond the scope of their own releases, there is Mad Decent Worldwide Radio, a mixtape/podcast series showcasing artists who have seen release on Mad Decent, but also many more who may have caught the attention of the label.[34] Additionally, Diplo and Mad Decent have put together an annual block party showcasing talent from the label. While the first three years of the festival only occurred in the label hometown of Philadelphia, 2010 saw the party spread to include Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.[35]

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Book – Plain White T’s – Artist Management

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Plain White T’s is an American pop rock band, originally from Lombard, Illinois. Formed in 1997 by high school friends Tom Higgenson and Ken Fletcher, the group had a mostly underground following in Chicago basements, clubs, and bars in its early years, and underwent numerous personnel changes.[1][2] The band is best known for the songs “Hey There Delilah”, which charted highly in many countries, and “1, 2, 3, 4”. In 2008, they received a Grammy nomination for “Hey There Delilah”.[3] The band broke into the mainstream following the success of “Hey There Delilah” and the well-received “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)” from the album Every Second Counts. In 2008, the group released Big Bad World. The group’s latest album is The Wonders Of The Younger.[1]

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The Plain White T’s formed in Lombard, Illinois USA, in 1997. Vocalist and guitarist Tom Higgenson and bass player Ken Fletcher had been in a band together. They decided to move on and asked friend Dave Tirio to play drums for a power-pop trio. Lead singer Tom Higgenson was originally interested with the drums, having served as the percussionist for various rock bands during high school. One such band was Harvey’s Daughter, whose lineup also featured bass player Ken Fletcher. Although the group ultimately disbanded, the two remained friends and quickly launched an additional band, with Higgenson taking over lead duties as songwriter and singer. Drummer Dave Tirio subsequently joined the new lineup, bringing Plain White T’s to fruition during the fall of 1997. [4][5]

In early 2006, the band teamed with Motion City Soundtrack for a Winter/Spring tour. “Hey There Delilah” was first released on their third album All That We Needed in 2005. The same year the band was featured for a month as a “Hip Clipz” artist on the website of Curly Grrlz Skateboards. In 2006, “the release of a single from their 2008 album Big Bad World. The album had two hit singles: “1, 2, 3, 4” and “Natural Disaster”. Both were on the AT40 at numbers 1 and 2 for three consecutive weeks. By late 2008, the band had joined the Rock Band Live tour with Panic! At The Disco, Dashboard Confessional and The Cab. Later that year, the band played at the Give It a Name festival in the UK

The band’s new single “Rhythm of Love” went live on in July 2010. The track is the first from their 2010 album The Wonders of the Younger. The record has the band leaving their previous sound behind and adopting a “live-in-the room acoustic California-pop feel”, and is the first to feature some songs without lead singer Tom Higgenson, instead with guitarist Tim Lopez taking the lead vocal duties on several tracks.

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Book – Tim McGraw – Artist Management

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Samuel Timothy “Tim” McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. Many of McGraw’s albums and singles have topped the country music charts, leading him to achieve total album sales in excess of 40 million units. He is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of former baseball player Tug McGraw. His trademark hit songs include “Indian Outlaw”, “Don’t Take the Girl”, “I Like It, I Love It”, “Something Like That”, “It’s Your Love” (featuring his wife, Faith Hill), and “Live Like You Were Dying”.

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McGraw had eleven consecutive albums debut at Number One on the Billboard albums charts. Twenty-one singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country 100 chart. Three singles became the No. 1 country song of the year (“It’s Your Love”, “Just To See You Smile”, and “Live Like You Were Dying”).[citation needed] He has won 3 Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and 3 People’s Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill is the highest grossing tour in country music history, and one of the top five among all genres of music.[1]

McGraw has ventured into acting, with supporting roles in The Blind Side (with Sandra Bullock), Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, and Four Christmases (with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), and a lead role in Flicka (2006). He was a minority owner of the Arena Football League’s Nashville Kats. Taylor Swift’s debut single, “Tim McGraw”, refers to him and his song, “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’”.[2]

In honor of his Italian-American heritage, McGraw was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 2004, receiving the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Music during the Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Gala.

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2004’s Live Like You Were Dying continued McGraw’s record of commercial success. The title track, dedicated to his father Tug McGraw, who died of a brain tumor earlier in the year, was a soaring ode to living life fully and in the moment,[14] while the second single “Back When” was a paean to an easy nostalgia. Live Like You Were Dying spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard (10 weeks on Radio & Records), and went on to become the biggest hit single of the year. It also became one the most awarded songs/records by winning ACM Single and Song of the Year, CMA Single and Song of the Year, and a Grammy.

In late 2004, his unlikely duet with hip-hop artist Nelly on “Over and Over”, a soft ballad of lost love, became a crossover hit,[15] spending 10 weeks atop the Top 40 chart. “Over and Over” brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio or rap radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market. The song also spent a week at the top of the UK single charts, and was McGraw’s first visit to the UK hit countdown.

Throughout the 2005 NFL season, McGraw sang an alternate version of “I Like It, I Love It” every week during the season. The alternate lyrics, which changed each week, would make reference to plays during Sunday’s games, and the song would be played alongside video highlights during halftime on Monday Night Football.[16] Later in the year, McGraw became a minority owner of the Arena Football League’s Nashville Kats when majority owner Bud Adams (owner of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans) was awarded the expansion franchise.[17]
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In April 2006, McGraw and Hill began their 73-concert 55-city Soul2Soul II Tour, again to strong commercial acceptance. The tour grossed nearly $89 million and sold almost 1.1 million tickets, making it the top grossing tour in the history of country music.[18] It was named “Major Tour of the Year” by the prestigious Pollstar Magazine, beating out such heavyweights as Madonna and the Rolling Stones. In a special gesture, the couple donated all of the profits from their performance in New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina relief.[19]

Tim, along with Kenny Chesney, contributed to a version of Tracy Lawrence’s song “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, which can be found on Lawrence’s album For the Love. Although the official single version features only Lawrence’s vocals, many stations have opted to play the version with McGraw and Chesney instead.

McGraw released his eleventh album, Let It Go, on March 27, 2007. The album’s debut single, “Last Dollar (Fly Away)”, reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, marking Tim’s first No. 1 single since “Back When” in late 2004. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart, marking his fourth No. 1 top 200 album and ninth No. 1 country album.[20] His daughters can be heard singing the chorus during the last few seconds of the song on the video.

During the Academy of Country Music awards show on May 21, 2007, McGraw performed a song titled “If You’re Reading This”, which he co-wrote with The Warren Brothers.[21] Several radio stations began to play the live recording of the song; as a result, it entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 35.[22]

McGraw also produced the debut album of country music duo Halfway to Hazard. The duo’s first single, “Daisy”, peaked at No. 39 on the country charts in the summer of 2007.

In the summer of 2007, McGraw and Hill toured together once again in the Soul2Soul 2007 tour.

In the January 18, 2008 edition of the USA Today newspaper, McGraw was stated to be featured on the Def Leppard album Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, having also co-written the first single, “Nine Lives”, with Def Leppard band members Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, and Rick Savage. The unusual pairing goes back to 2006 when McGraw joined Def Leppard onstage for the song “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, and then collaborated on the song “Nine Lives” afterward. The album was released on April 25, 2008.

In May 2008, he hit the road with the Live Your Voice tour. The mainly-outdoor arena concert tour was his first solo outing in nearly three years. Also in May 2008, he debuted a new song off of his follow-up to Let It Go at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California.

In July 2008, Tim McGraw’s sixth single, and the title track of his album, “Let It Go”, was released to country radio. Following that, a seventh single, “Nothin’ to Die For”, entered the Country charts at No. 57 in late December. Tim McGraw released his third greatest-hits package, Greatest Hits 3 on October 7, 2008. The album features 12 tracks. Tim was set to debut a new song on the 2009 ACM Awards, but then cancelled his performance; he was replaced by Blake Shelton, who sang “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”.
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Tim’s twelfth studio album, Southern Voice, was released October 20, 2009, and lead by the single “It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You”, which was shipped to radio outlets in late June 2009.[23] Southern Voice was argued to be Tim’s last album for Curb Records, following the dispute over releasing his third Greatest Hits collection back in October 2008 without his permission. Tim did not approve of the release. On November 30, 2010, Curb Records released his fourth greatest hits compilation, Number One Hits.

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Book – Kenny Chesney – Artist Management

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Kenneth Arnold (Kenny) Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Chesney has recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 20 of which climbed to the top of the charts.

Over the life of his career, Chesney has been honored with numerous awards from the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Country Music Association (CMA), American Music Awards (AMA), Country Music Television (CMT), Billboard Music Awards (BMA), People’s Choice Awards (PCA), and the French Country Music Awards (FCMA).

Chesney has received six Academy of Country Music awards (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards from 2005 to 2008), as well as six Country Music Association awards. He is one of the most popular touring acts in country music, regularly selling out the venues at which he performs. His 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour was the highest-grossing country road trip of the year.

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The Country Music Association honored Chesney with the Entertainer of the Year award in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Other notable awards include the Academy of Country Music’s 1997 New Male Vocalist of the Year, 2002 Top Male Vocalist of the Year, and the Triple Crown Award in 2005. He was awarded his fourth consecutive Entertainer of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music on May 18, 2008.

Chesney was born on March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee at St. Mary’s Medical Center and raised in Luttrell, Tennessee, better known as the home of Chet Atkins. He is the son of David Chesney, a former elementary school teacher, and Karen Chandler, a hair stylist in the Knoxville area. Chesney has one sibling, a younger sister named Jennifer Chandler in 1986 Chesney graduated from Gibbs High School where he played baseball and was a receiver on the football team The following year Chesney received his first guitar for Christmas and began teaching himself to play chesney studied marketing at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City TN where he was member of the ETSU Bluegrass Program As a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity he became a regular fixture at Quarterbacks BBQ and Rafters In 1989, Chesney recorded a self-released demo album at Classic Recording Studio in BristoVirginia. He sold 1,000 copies while performing at the local clubs in Johnson City He ended up using the money from album sales to help buy himself a new guitar. chesney graduated from East Tennessee State University in December 1990, with a degree in advertising. After graduation, he headed to Nashville, where he performed at several local clubs. He became the resident performer at The Turf, a rougher honky tonk in the city’s historic district 1992, the head of publisher/writer relations at BMI set up an audition with Opryland Music Group, which is part of Gaylord Entertainment Company Chesney came out of the audition with a songwriter’s contract. An appearance at a songwriter’s showcase the following year led to a contract with Capricorn Records which had recently started a country division. He released his debut album In My Wildest Dreams in April 1994. When Capricorn closed its country music division in Nashville and moved to Atlanta, Georgia Chesney signed with BNA Records

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Book – Mike Posner – Artist Management

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Michael Posner (born February 12, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Posner released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, on August 10, 2010. The album includes the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single “Cooler Than Me”, as well as his second single, “Please Don’t Go”.

Working with Don Cannon and DJ Benzi, Posner released his second mixtape, A Matter of Time (the first mixtape being Reflections of a Lost Teen), from his dorm room at Duke University in March 2009. In July 2009, Posner signed a deal with J Records (RCA/Sony). 8 He chose to return to Duke after signing his record deal, and toured on the weekends while at the same time recording for his debut album. Posner’s second mixtape One Foot Out the Door, hosted by Clinton Sparks, was released on October 27, 2009. The mixtape was accompanied by a web series also entitled One Foot Out the Door which aired bi-weekly from September 30, 2009 until December 2009. During this time, he hired his manager, Daniel Weisman of Elitaste Inc., who also manages Wale.

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31 Minutes to Takeoff, his debut album was released on August 10, 2010. The first single from the album, “Cooler Than Me”, produced by Gigamesh, climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to reach No. 6 before going on to attain global success. He performed at Bonnaroo and the 2010 Warped Tour in the summer. A second single, “Please Don’t Go”, was issued on July 20, 2010.

Posner performed on national television for the first time on the talk show Last Call with Carson Daly on Tuesday, 27 October 2009. He also performed his song “Cooler Than Me” on America’s Got Talent on July 28, 2010. He also performed at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg, Illinois, on July 31, on Live with Regis and Kelly on August 3, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 4. He performed “Cooler Than Me” on The Wendy Williams Show on August 5, 2010, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 9, 2010. Mike Posner has collaborated with artists like Kid Cudi, Wale, Big Sean, Bun B, One Be Lo, Eric Holljes, and 3OH! 3.

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Book – Avril Lavigne – Artist Management

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Avril Ramona Lavigne, born 27 September 1984 is a Canadian singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, but spent the majority of her youth in the small town, Napanee, Ontario. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain, and by 16, Lavigne had signed a recording contract with Arista, now RCA Records. Record executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid offered her a two-album deal worth more than $2 million. When she was 17 years old, Lavigne broke onto the music scene with her debut album, Let Go, released in 2002.

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Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach #1 in the UK, and the album was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. As of 2009, over 16 million copies had been sold worldwide, more than 6 million of which were sold in the United States. Her breakthrough single, “Complicated”, peaked at #1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second album, Under My Skin, was released in 2004 and was her first album to peak at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 , eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne’s third album, was released in 2007. This album gave Lavigne her third #1 album in the UK Albums Chart and featured her first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 single, “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has scored a total of five #1 singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m With You”, “My Happy Ending” and “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide and is currently one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the U.S., with over 10.25 million copies certified by the RIAA. Billboard named Lavigne the #10 pop artist in the “Best of the 2000s” chart, and she was listed as the 28th overall best act of the decade based on album sales, chart success, and cultural relativity in the U.S. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, will be released in March 2011, with the first single to be released in January.

Lavigne branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced a character in the animated film, Over the Hedge, in 2006. That same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn; and in 2009, she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by her second perfume, Forbidden Rose, in 2010. Her third fragrance is due out in August 2011. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41. The marriage lasted a little over three years, and in October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. Whibley and Lavigne have continued to work together after the divorce, with Whibley producing her upcoming fourth album, as well as Lavigne’s single, “Alice”, written for Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland.

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Book – Wiz Khalifa – Artist Management

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At the ripe age of 19, Wiz Khalifa distinguished himself as Pittsburgh’s most noteworthy rapper. Born Cameron Thomaz in 1987, the rap star moved from various countries and states, as both his parents served in the military. Faced with unique experiences, Wiz Khalifa used his talents with wordplay and wit.

Rolling Stone Magazine first saw the potential in Wiz Khalifa in the mainstream, as the music expert dubbed him an “Artist to Watch” in 2006. Shortly after, he began to make a name for himself as unique and lyrically talented in the hip-hop and rap community. While still in high school, Wiz Khalifa began to get attention not only from local Pittsburgh producers, but famed artists and music moguls across the country.

Book Wiz Khalifa for a rare blend of rap, hip-hop and dance. His first major-label single, “Young ‘n on His Grind” was released followed by international hit “Say Yeah,” which was rare for its combination of euro-dance beats and Wiz Khalifa’s signature lyrical ability. Book Wiz Khalifa, who continued to grow in fame from multiple released Mixtapes.

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In 2010, Wiz Khalifa exploded with a sold-out 50-city tour. His latest and most notorious single, “Black and Yellow” is in honor of Pittsburgh, the city that he proudly represents. Book Wiz Khalifa, the rising young rapper with mainstream success and underground appeal. If you are interested in booking Wiz Khalifa for your next concert, private party, or corporate event, please fill out the form below.

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Book – Waka Flocka Flame – Artist Management

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Depite being born in New York City as Juaquin Malphurs, the rising star came to be a notorious Southern rapper known as Waka Flocka Flame. Waka Flocka Flame relocated to Atlanta with his family, and music and rap came easy, as Gucci Mane’s manager, Debra Antney is his mother. To no surprise, Waka Flocka Flame began making music with Gucci Mane.

The 24-year-old rose to stardom beginning in 2009 with his breakout hit “O Let’s Do This.” His union with So Icey Entertainment and fellow Atlanta rappers brought him to higher levels of fame. Book Waka Flocka Flame for a fusion of self-described crunk meets west-coast lyrics and feel. A member of the 1017 Brick Squad, Waka Flocka Flame began to climb on the Billboard Hot 100.

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MTV gave him a nod of approval on their “Hottest MC” list before his fame began to skyrocket in 2010. Collaborations with Lil’ Jon and Gucci Mane helped bring easy fame to the young rapper. He released Flockaveli, his debut album.

Book Waka Flocka Flame, MC of international hit “No Hands.” “No Hands” has become a party and cub super smash of 2011. If you are interested in booking Waka Flocka Flame for your next concert, private party, or corporate event, please fill out the form below.

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