Kelsea Ballerini made her wildly successful UK debut last week when she performed a SOLD OUT headlining concert at London’s hip Under the Bridge nightclub, charmed viewers during several TV appearances and even popped in to chat with Steve Wright at BBC Radio 2, further showing strong international appeal that will propel the star toward new horizons this year.
Having already captured American hearts with her graceful, sincere and fun-loving brand of modern country music, Sony Music Commercial Group in conjunction with Black River Entertainment hosted the record-breaking singer/songwriter in support of the UK release of her critically acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME.
This special UK edition features four bonus acoustic tracks along with her lead UK single, “XO” (Ballerini / Gravitt / O’Brien), now spinning on BBC Radio 2.
Kicking the week off with a packed showcase in front of the UK’s finest in media, streaming, television and radio (May 9), Ballerini was then greeted by roaring fans at Under the Bridge (May 11) who sang along to every word of historic #1 hits like the deeply moving ballad “Peter Pan,” uptempo jams “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs,” and her fun-and-flirty Top 5 single “Yeah Boy.” Ballerini’s concert experience was described by local media as “electric” and a hint of big things to come.
“Kelsea rocked Under the Bridge last night and now she’s tested the waters here in the UK … With a warm stage presence, an engaging personality and a set list full of great songs, Kelsea showed the UK why she’s one of the biggest new artists in Country music.” – Entertainment Focus
Ballerini won’t stay away from her new fans for long. On May 26th, she’ll kick off Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR in Bakersfield, California, which this fall will play to massive international audiences including the following dates:
10/04/17 – MANCHESTER @ Manchester Arena
10/05/17 – DUBLIN @ 3Arena
10/07/17 – GLASGOW @ The SSE Hydro
10/09/17 – BIRMINGHAM @ Barclaycard Arena
10/10/17 – LONDON @ The O2
Meanwhile, Ballerini heads into the 2017 CMT Music Awards with an incredible four nominations (tying her for the lead with fellow superstars Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett): Video of the Year (“Peter Pan”), Female Video of the Year (“Peter Pan”), CMT Performance of the Year (Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still the One/Any Man of Mine/Man, I Feel Like a Woman” From CMT Artists of the Year), and CMT Social Superstar. This year’s show airs live from Nashville June 7 at 8 p.m. ET and voting is now open on CMT.com.
She’ll follow up on June 9 with a high-profile co-host appearance at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium for the 2017 CMA Music Festival and is currently working on her much anticipated sophomore album, with more details coming soon.
For more information visit KelseaBallerini.com
JIM JONES MEETS HIS DOOM Born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, TX, Powers Allen Boothe joins the Oregon Shakespeare Festival after he graduates from Southern Methodist University in 1972, appears in theater, film and television. One of his most notable roles is his Emmy-winning image of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. The 6′ 2″ Boothe also stars in Red Dawn and Oliver Stone’s Nixon as Alexander Haig. On Sunday morning, May 14, 2017 Powers Boothe passes away in his sleep at 68 in Los Angeles, CA.
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ENTERCOM STEPS IN MUD Michael [Mud] Gross most recently PD of iHeartMedia Classic Rock WBGG FM (Big 105.9) Miami, FL until a year ago is new PD/PM Drive personality on Entercom Classic Rock WCMF FM (96.5) Rochester, NY effective May 15, 2017. Gross lasts nearly a decade at sister WNRQ FM (105.9 The Rock) Nashville, TN. Before that, he programs WARO FM (94.5) Fort Myers-Naples, FL; mornings on WDIZ-590 Orlando/Panama City, FL; KPNT FM (105.7) St. Louis, MO and WHVY FM (103.1) Baltimore, MD.
FOX BUSINESS CHANNEL SURGES PAST CNBC In 2007, Fox Business launches in about 30 million pay-TV homes. But it cannot seem to find a market. Fox ousts network head Kevin Magee. Fox hires Maria Bartiromo from CNBC and beefs up its daytime schedule with Stuart Varney, Neil Cavuto and Trish Regan. Lou Dobbs remains at 7 pm. For the last two quarters, FBC beats CNBC in total viewers. In the last three months of 2016, Fox Business has a household daytime audience of 207,000 viewers compared to CNBC’s 179,000.
KENNY ROGERS HANGS UP HIS MIC In the music industry for 60 years with 125 million record sales, Country-Pop music legend Kenny Rogers says that he will retire. In the late 1960s, his first music success is as lead singer of Psychedelic Rock band Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. In 1976, Rogers’ Lucille is a smash. In the 1980s, Islands in the Stream brings more success. The 78 year old Kenny Rogers says his current tour is his last because he wants to retire to spend more time with wife Wanda and their 12-year-old twin sons.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What does B.B. in B.B. King stand for? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dwight Cook May 21, 2017. •TRAVIA MOON exits iHeartMedia Director of Country Operations of KASE FM (100.7) & KVET FM (98.1) Austin, TX and KAJA FM (KJ97) & KRPT FM (92.5) San Antonio, TX. (firstname.lastname@example.org). •IHEARTMEDIA flips KKDD-1290 Riverside, CA from La Preciosa to News Talk at 6am Monday, May 15, 2017. •RASCAL FLATTS (Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox) take over middays for a month on Mt. Wilson Country KKGO FM (105.1) Los Angeles, CA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1951 JOEY RAMONE (Jeffrey Hyman) 6′ 6″ Punk Rock drummer for The Ramones (Baby I Love You 1980) born on May 19th. •1968 TAMMY WYNETTE single D-I-V-O-R-C-E nabs #1 in Billboard Country on June 29th. •1977 SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT premieres on May 19th. •1981 ROSANNE CASH Seven Year Ache is her first #1 single in Billboard Country on May 23rd. •1994 LA LAW final episode after 8 year run on May 19th. •2010 FERLIN HUSKY (Gone #1-1957) inducts into Country Music Hall of Fame on May 23rd.
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LISA GOODWIN (Tehachapi, CA) Subject: Jackie Sprott, aka J. Hugh Sprott and Jay Scott, Good morning Sir, my name Lisa Goodwin. I have been searching for a man that my Dad, Larry Goodwin used to work with years ago at KXTV channel 10 in Sacramento. We knew him as Jay Scott and we simply adored him. “We” being my sisters and myself, who were known at Channel 10 as the “Goodwin Girls”. Jay was an Anchorman and my Dad was a Reporter. The two of them ended up working together again at KTTV channel 11 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately they lost contact after that, which was about the mid-late 80’s. I have searched the internet for hours and hours for anything current about Jay Scott but had found nothing. We desperately want to reconnect with him by any means possible.
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, ex KNUZ-1230, ex KLIF-1190, ex KENR-1070] (Knoxville TN) Subject: JRRR #1616: Webb Hunt. When I was doing AM drive news for 1230 KNUZ, I’d work occasional fill-in morning news for KQUE-FM. Webb had a great personality (and voice). He ALWAYS always wore “his” uniform to work daily, a one-piece front zip overhaul with white socks. He ate his homemade lunch from a sturdy metal lunchbox, probably drank homemade coffee from the inside thermos and cup. If you didn’t know better, you’d think he was a factory worker. Web was one of the more laid back and intelligent characters I’ve worked with in a lifetime career in broadcasting. Pet Suzie for me, please. Ben Harold, Knoxville TN, ex-KXOL 1360, ex-KNUZ 1230, ex-KLIF 1190, ex-KENR 1070, ex-lots of places.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Former radio disc jockey (WDIA-Memphis, TN) Blues Hall of Fame member, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Riley B.B. King nickname on the radio in 1950 is Beale Street Blues Boy, which later shortens to Blues Boy, then B.B. On May 14, 2015 B.B. King passes away of complications of Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes at 89.
JAY WEAVER [KLBK–1360 Lubbock; KBUY–1540 Fort Worth] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: WBAP Radio. Jim, not trying to be picky but just a small correction. In your “Jim Rose Remembers Radio” #1614 for May 8, you mention WBAP celebrating 90 years of broadcasting and wrote that it is “WBAP, Dallas”. Well WBAP is licensed to the City of Fort Worth and has been for 90 years with towers location in Mansfield, TX. Again, not trying to be picky, but both WBAP and KSCS-FM along with KXAS-TV are all licensed to Fort Worth, TX. WBAP and KSCS-FM Studios are in Dallas at Victory Park and KXAS-TV Studios are located in Fort Worth just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and close to the “D-FW Population Center” on the grounds of the old Amon Carter Airport. Only the towers for all three remain on Broadcast Hill in east Fort Worth at Oakland Blvd. and I-30, Tom Landry Freeway. Jay
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