Nashville, TN (August 3, 2011) – Super group Rascal Flatts was in Nashville today to celebrate with family, friends, their label and the Nashville music community as well as songwriters Jason Sellers and Steve Robson on the recent chart-topping success of “I Won’t Let Go,” which became their 13th career #1 single.  During the Big Machine Records and ASCAP hosted soirée, the band was surprised with the news that their debut album release on Big Machine Records, NOTHING LIKE THIS, had reached record sales of one million copies.
“With God’s help we have been able to bring together a wonderful group of people to surround and reinvigorate our career. We are living a dream come true,” said Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. 
Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta exclaims, “I Won’t Let Go is not only being celebrated as reaching the top of the charts, it’s being acknowledged as another very important song in an amazing repertoire of songs that have impacted so many.”  He goes on to say, “As we all know, the one-million sales mark of any album by any artist in the current environment is a big, big deal and I’m proud as can be that our first album with Rascal Flatts has hit this milestone. Working with Gary, Joe Don and Jay over the last year has been an absolute blast and I look forward to making a lot more great Rascal Flatts music with them. They are consummate professionals, are ridiculously talented and it seems that they are having more fun than ever being in Rascal Flatts.  I’m honored to have them with us at Big Machine.” 
With the first-week sales success of NOTHING LIKE THIS late last year, Rascal Flatts became one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at #1. Since 2000, the band has sold more than 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 over 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards, American Country Awards and more. Since their touring career began, they have sold over 6 million concert tickets. 

Rascal Flatts current tour “Flatts Fest” will continue into this fall. Details on tour dates and more information on the band can be found at www.rascaflatts.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. Big Machine Records’ current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts as well as 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, break-out 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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