Archive for April 23rd, 2014

April 23, 2014

Francesca Battistelli Releases Her Brand New Album, If We’re Honest, Today !!!

 

Christian music darling, bestselling artist and all-round rock star, Francesca Battistelli, releases her new album in 2 years today.  You can get the new album entitled, “If We’re Honest” on iTunes, amazon and everywhere fine music is sold.

 

Her first two albums hit #1 on Billboard’s Christian albums list and garnered her a GRAMMY nomination and the Dove Award’s “Artist of the Year” honors in 2011. She is the only female in 20 years to win the title (Amy Grant was prior in 1992).  In February she performed the album’s lead single “Write Your Story” (currently #3 at NCA) on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She’ll perform it again on “Fox & Friends” this Friday. Also, this past week iTunes selected her for their “First Play” streaming the album in its entirety until street date.

 

 

April 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI EARNS GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR FREE TO BE ME ALBUM

Third Studio Album, If We’re Honest, Available Everywhere Tomorrow

 

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Photo ID: Francesca Battistelli, husband and drummer Matt Goodwin, producer Ian Eskelin, Rod Riley (President & CEO, Word Entertainment), Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Entertainment), Kellyn Bailey (Brand Manager, Word Entertainment) and Word Entertainment staff celebrating the Gold certification on April 18 at Word’s Music Row offices.

Nashville, TN – (April 21, 2014) – Christian Music’s best-selling new artist in 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, earned Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for her GRAMMY® nominated single “Free To Be Me.” Word Entertainment President & CEO, Rod Riley, surprised Francesca with the Gold record at a private Nashville album launch event on Thursday. “Free To Be Me” is the second single off her debut album, My Paper Heart, and spent ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on CHR and two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on AC Monitored in 2009. In 2012, Francesca received a Gold record for My Paper Heart marking the first debut album from a CCM artist in nearly a decade to receive RIAA-certified Gold status for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Casting Crowns’ 2003 release was the last CCM debut album to receive RIAA Gold certification. Tomorrow, Francesca’s third studio album, If We’re Honest, is set to release worldwide. It is currently being streamed in its entirety as an iTunes Radio First Play at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay and is available for pre-order on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified Gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

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April 23, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH CURB ENTERTAINMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM DISTRIBUTION

 

Word Entertainment—a leading Christian entertainment company offering an array of artist services including recorded music, publishing, merchandising, booking and marketing—today announced that it has partnered with international feature film production and distribution company Curb Entertainment, to distribute Word Entertainment’s faith-based films outside of the US.  The inaugural slate of films will include The Perfect SummerMy Name Is PaulThe Trail (Let God)Hope for Hurting HeartsMother India,Season of a LifetimeVeil of Tears, and more, which will be showcased at the 2014 CANNES Film Market in Cannes, France.

 

“There is an enormous and growing market for films that provide wholesome family entertainment, and Word Entertainment proudly offers thought-provoking films that tell stories of faith, hope, love, and redemption,” said Rod Riley, President & CEO, Word Entertainment. “I am thrilled that we are partnering with Carole Curb and Curb Entertainment to expand our reach and bring these great works to audiences around the world.”

 

Carole Curb, President, Curb Entertainment, added, “We are proud to build upon a very successful relationship between Word and Curb by having the opportunity to work directly on the exciting films that Rod Riley and his team have assembled. Our company has had a 30-year history of film distribution, and we are excited to join with Word in the sales and marketing of its films.”

 

Carole Curb, who has successfully grown Curb Entertainment into one of the most respected independent film companies in the world, will be heading up the charge for Curb. Curb Entertainment will provide international sales and marketing, and will maintain a presence at major film festivals and markets.

 

Recently, Word Entertainment has continued to expand its reach and offerings in Christian entertainment beyond music and film, including by becoming the only Christian content company to have booking, live events and strategic partnerships divisions in-house. Through this division, Word launched The Son of God Tour 2014. This epic two-hour live event, a Word Entertainment collaboration with producer and actress Roma Downey’s (“Touched by an Angel,” “The Bible,” Son of God) and producer Mark Burnett‘s (“The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Bible,” Son of God) company LightWorkers Media, visited 16 cities nationwide March 20-April 13. “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brought the epic miniseries “The Bible” and the 20th Century Fox feature film Son of God to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists performed their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event.

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, VERIDIA and Zealand and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print/Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

 

About Curb Entertainment

Curb Entertainment formed in 1984 to concentrate on film production and distribution. A member of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), Curb Entertainment maintains a major presence at major film and television markets including the American Film Market (AFM), CANNES Film Festival, MIPCOM, MIP-TV, and EFM. The company’s record division, Curb Records, remains one of the largest independent labels in the world.

 

 

April 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI NEW ALBUM IF WE’RE HONEST NOW STREAMING IN ITS ENTIRETY EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES RADIO

AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ON APRIL 22

Beginning today, fans can stream GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli’s third studio album, If We’re Honest, exclusively as a First Play on iTunes Radio at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay. With the stream, fans will have their first and only opportunity to hear the album from Christian music’s best-selling new artist in the past 10 years in its entirety before its release on April 22. Battistelli’s two previous albums, My Paper Heart and Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and garnered her a GRAMMY® nomination and five Dove Awards including the prestigious “Artist of the Year” honors. On February 13, Battistelli made her national morning television debut performing the album’s lead single and current No. 3 hit, “Write Your Story,” on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and Battistelli’s longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, If We’re Honestreveals her most intimate and accomplished musical statement yet and showcases her trademark pop and soul-infused sound. The deluxe version of her forthcoming album is currently available for pre-order at iTunes here http://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest. It features four bonus tracks – “Holy Spirit,” “Keeping Score,” “I Am Home” and “Tonight (Feat. All Sons & Daughters)” – and instant downloads of “Write Your Story,” “When The Crazy Kicks In” and “He Knows My Name.”

 

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

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