Clear Channel Radio and Big Machine Label Group Launch Big Machine Radio on IHeartRadio


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APRIL 26, 2011

CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO AND BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP LAUNCH BIG MACHINE RADIO ON IHEARTRADIO

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Commercial-free, Digital Station Features Hit Songs, Exclusive Interviews and Album Cuts from Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba and Other Country Music Stars

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New York, NY – April 26, 2011 – Clear Channel Radio, the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any other radio or television outlet, today announced the launch of Big Machine Radio on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s industry-leading digital radio service that delivers 750 digital radio stations from 150 cities.  The commercial-free, digital station features exclusive content from Big Machine Label Group’s recording artists, including Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Martina McBride, Jewel, The Band Perry and Justin Moore.  Fans can access the channel on iHeartRadio.com or on the iHeartRadio application for smartphones and the iPad, by searching Big Machine Radio or viewing the local station list.

 

The Big Machine Radio channel features hit songs from today’s hottest country music stars and exclusive content, including:

•             Artist interviews and sound bites;

•             Rare recordings, including acoustic and live versions of popular songs; and

•             A weekly “From the Vaults” feature that brings back archived radio specials from artists’ early days.

 

“We’re thrilled to add Big Machine Radio to iHeartRadio’s lineup of digital-only, commercial-free stations,” said Clay Hunnicutt, Senior Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Radio.  “From Taylor Swift to Rascal Flatts to Reba, their roster of artists is a virtual who’s who in today’s country music.  We’re sure fans will be as excited as we are!”

 

“As one of the most popular music apps, with more than 25.5 million downloads, Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio was an easy choice when it came to expanding our reach with a digital radio partner,” said Scott Borchetta, President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group.  “We’re excited to launch on iHeartRadio and give fans even more access to amazing interviews, rare recordings and special radio features from our artists.”

 

In conjunction with the station’s official launch this week, Big Machine Radio will offer listeners a preview of Justin Moore’s sophomore album OUTLAWS LIKE ME – available in stores on June 21.  Tuesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. ET, Justin will provide insight to Big Machine Radio listeners about his new project and songs included on the album.  The inaugural “From The Vaults” program will premiere on Thursday, April 28, at 3:00 p.m. ET, spotlighting Jewel’s 2010 album premiere radio special for her acclaimed SWEET AND WILD release.  This special will be one of many featured each week in this time slot.  To view the live stream Click Here.

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iHeartRadio is available on the web at iHeartRadio.com and any smartphone device including iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry.  The iHeartRadio App is now also available on iPad, where users can take advantage of its new and enhanced features.

About Clear Channel Radio

With 237 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Radio has the largest reach of any media company in America.  Clear Channel radio serves 150 cities through 850 radio stations.  The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet, at iheartradio.com, and on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smart phones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.  More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.

 

About The Big Machine Label Group

Scott Borchetta serves as President/CEO of the independent Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). In 2010 BMLG was named Country Label of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine/Powered by USA Today and its 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. In 5 years, BMLG artists have received 6 Country Music Association Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 4 GRAMMY Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 CMT Music Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Award and 1 People’s Choice Award as well as 1 Brit Award and 1 JUNO Award nomination. The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and Jewel, Platinum sensations The Band Perry, established acts Justin Moore, Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band and hot newcomers Steel Magnolia, Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Brantley Gilbert and comedienne Melissa Peterman.

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Contacts:

Big Machine Label Group

Nikki Burns

[email protected]

615-324-7925

 

Clear Channel

Angel Aristone

[email protected]

212-377-7802

 

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