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Capitol Records Nashville makes big impact at 2008 CMA Awards

Four nationally televised performances, a coveted award and a celebrity-filled after-party underscore Capitol Records Nashville’s reputation as one of country music’s most successful labels

Label celebrates the night at Mr. Coffee-sponsored post-CMA party at Nashville hotspot Lime

NASHVILLE, TN – Nov 13, 2008 – The 42nd Annual CMA Awards, billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” proved to be a big night as well for EMI label Capitol Records Nashville. Four of the label’s artists – Keith Urban, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum – had performing slots on the nationally televised award show, and one of those artists, Lady Antebellum, won the coveted “New Artist of the Year” Award.

While the highly-rated award show provided superstar Keith Urban with an opportunity to debut Sweet Thing, the first single from his upcoming 2009 studio album, it was also a way for several of the Capitol Nashville artists to showcase songs that have been major hits in 2008 on the country music charts. Trace Adkins performed the powerful multi-week #1 You’re Gonna Miss This, (nominated for “Song of the Year,” “Single of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” honors), while the voice of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker, reminded viewers of how successfully he’s transitioning as a solo act to country music with his multi-week #1 hit “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” And while trio Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley – have a new hit at country radio, the band chose to perform their debut single and #3 smash, Love Don’t Live Here, on the ABC network prime-time broadcast – a song that undoubtedly contributed to a #1 debut album and their success with winning the “New artist of the Year” Award.

“It’s very humbling,” said Scott backstage, with partners Haywood and Kelley, about the award. “We do not take this lightly at all. We have so much yet to prove.”

The label celebrated the evening’s successes with a star-studded “after-party” at new Nashville hotspot Lime. The soiree, sponsored by Mr. Coffee, allowed roster artists Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and Emily West to mingle with elite members of the songwriting, publishing, media and radio industry. Other celebrities joined in the festivities, including actress Nicole Kidman (wife of Keith Urban), music legends Loggins & Messina, two-time USA gold medal-winning softball champ – and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant – Jennie Finch, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Dave Berg, country artists Phil Vassar and Steve Azar and many others.

Capitol Records Nashville is one of Country Music’s most prominent imprints, and is home to a roster of country music legends, emerging artists, and global superstars. The label is part of EMI, the world’s largest independent music company. Additional information about Capitol Records Nashville can be found on the label’s website: www.capitolnashville.com.

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