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A VIVATON ANNOUNCEMENT
Dave Weigand to Head Up Sales & Marketing

   NASHVILLE, TN (October 5, 2004)– Jeff Huskins, President/CEO, Vivaton Records has announced an integral addition to the Executive Staff.
Dave Weigand   Dave Weigand officially joins the Vivaton staff as Executive VP of Sales & Marketing. Formerly of MCA Records, Weigand has more than 20 years experience in Marketing and Sales. Weigand worked under the Universal Music Group umbrella, spending the last 15 years under the MCA-Nashville arm. His sales and marketing expertise ranges from acting as local sales representative for Universal Distribution to heading up the marketing and sales department of MCA Nashville as their Sr. VP OF Marketing and Sales. Weigand has been instrumental in the career development of George Strait, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Womack, Mark Chesnutt and Gary Allan. During his tenure at MCA Nashville, the label was named Label of the Year for the entire decade of the 90’s by Billboard and R&R.
   Dave Weigand reunites with Shelia Shipley Biddy. Biddy and Weigand initially spent fifteen years working together at MCA Records-Nashville.
   Finalizing his decision, Jeff Huskins elaborates: "Dave Weigand has been a major player in the country music industry for twenty plus years. His expertise is a necessary element to this label’s structure to enable Vivaton to be competitive. Dave Weigand has an ear for good music and we are pleased to have him on board.”
   Dave Weigand adds, “Vivaton is an aggressive independent label. The staff is comprised of a group of individuals with a deep-rooted passion for good music, personal integrity, commitment to the artists, and knowledge of the music. This label is about the artistry, not the trends—that’s the reason that I’m here—because of the diversity and the belief in good music.”
   Vivaton officially opened its doors with a fully staffed national and regional promotion department February 2, 2004. The first album project released under the Vivaton imprint was recorded by Mark Chesnutt, SAVIN’ THE HONKY TONK—September 21, 2004.

Contact:
K. ATwood
Webster & Associates PR
Email:
KATwood@websterpr.com

LABEL CONTACTS:
Jeff Huskins – President/CEO
Shelia Shipley Biddy - Executive VP, National Promotion & Artist Development
Amy Stevens - Vice President, Legal Affairs & International Licensing



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KEITH SCORES FIRST US NUMBER ONE ALBUM

October 4, 2004

   KEITH URBAN's new album Be Here has debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in America, his first country singer, Keith Urbannumber one album in the United States.
  
The album debuted on the broader Billboard 200 albums chart making it the third highest selling album in America for the week.
   In Australia, Be Here debuted at number one on the Australian Country Charts and 11 on the broader Top 100.
   The debut single from the album – Days Go By – meanwhile has spent its fourth week at the top of the Billboard Country Singles Chart in America after 15 weeks in. It has risen as high as 31 on the broader American pop singles chart.
   Be Here sold 148,000 copies in its first week of release in America.
   Keith's Golden Road album remains in the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, at number nine after almost two years in the chart.


Country Music Legend Dolly Parton
Performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace December 7

"Hello, I'm Dolly!"

   LAS VEGAS, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Caesars Palace is proud to present country music star Dolly Parton at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Country singer, Dolly PartonTuesday, December 7 at 10:30 p.m. This special one night only Las Vegas performance is part of her most extensive tour in 20 years. The "Hello, I'm Dolly" tour marks the very first time audiences will get to travel with the iconic singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist through her extensive and eclectic songbook, and relive the songs from every era of her stunning, four decades-long career.
   "Dolly Parton is a superstar and a true American music legend," said Caesars Palace President, Mark Juliano. "We are excited for the opportunity to host such an entertainer at Caesars Palace and proud that she has chosen to perform her only Las Vegas show inside The Colosseum."
   Tickets are on sale now and range from $65 to $100, including tax. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Caesars Palace Box Office from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily or through Ticketmaster by calling (702) 474-4000, online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticketmaster fees may apply. Show time is 10:30 p.m. Caesars Palace room and show packages are available by calling 1-800-634-6661.
   The "Hello, I'm Dolly" tour will offer fans the chance to see Dolly Parton dip into every facet of her genre-defying musical career. Fan favorites, like the early Appalachian songs that brought her to stardom, the hugely successful pop hits from the 70s and 80s, her work with Kenny Rogers, her favorite numbers from recent albums "Little Sparrow" and the critically-acclaimed "The Grass is Blue" and brand new material from her forthcoming album, "Blue Smoke," will come to life on stage.
   From her humble beginnings to her current status as an internationally recognized cultural icon, Dolly Parton endures with her unique brand of unabashed authenticity. Dolly's last tour in 2002 hit the small club circuit in support of her most recent bluegrass album, "Halos & Horns."
   Now, "Hello, I'm Dolly" marks the very first time fans can experience the breadth of Dolly's work -- everything they love about their favorite performer, from every decade, including the hits "I Will Always Love You," "9 to 5," "Coat of Many Colors," "Islands in the Stream" and "Jolene."
   Boasting a fan-friendly feel, the "Hello, I'm Dolly" arena venues will be transformed to enhance the intimate experience. The show will feature an exciting array of superior sound, quality lighting, original set design and large video screens that will highlight the striking images of Dolly throughout her illustrious career.
   The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is designed to accommodate entertainment of all varieties while providing audiences with an extraordinary and intimate experience. Built by Caesars Entertainment, Inc. at a cost of $95 million, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a striking landmark at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and is home to "A New Day ... " featuring Celine Dion and Elton John's "The Red Piano." The Colosseum has also hosted such stars as Jerry Seinfeld, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Luciano Pavarotti and Tim McGraw since opening in 2003.

About Caesars Entertainment

   Caesars Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's leading gaming companies. With $4.5 billion in annual net revenue, 28 properties on four continents, 29,000 hotel rooms, two million square feet of casino space and 55,000 employees, the Caesars portfolio is among the strongest in the industry. Caesars casino resorts operate under the Caesars, Bally's, Flamingo, Grand Casinos, Hilton and Paris brand names. The company has its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.

Additional information on Caesars Entertainment can be accessed through the company's web site at www.caesars.com.

Source: Caesars Palace

 

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