19 Recordings/Jive Records Taps AOL to Debut Exclusive Kris Allen Content Including Full Album Streaming, Video Premiere and Performance Footage
One Winner of Allen's "Every Second Counts" Contest Will Be Flown to New York to Attend AOL Music Sessions Taping
New York – November 06, 2009 – 19 Recordings / Jive Records and AOL announced today that AOL will serve as the media hub to launch American Idol champion Kris Allen's self-titled debut album. AOL sites will debut a myriad of exclusive content offerings including AOL Music Sessions, CD listening party, video premiere and interview. In addition, Allen's own site will be hosting the "Every Second Counts" contest in which one winner and three friends will be flown to New York City to be part of the AOL Music Sessions.
Today, AOL's pop culture and news site PopEater.com will debut the video for Allen's "Live Like We're Dying" at http://www.popeater.com/2009/11/06/kris-allen-live-like-were-dying/. The video was filmed recently in Acton, CA with director Marco Puig.
AOL Music, http://music.aol.com, which comScore media metrix ranks as the most popular online music destination in the country, will premiere Allen's self titled debut album on November 9, as part of its weekly CD listening party, a full week before the album's official release on November 17. Fans will be able to stream the album in full or track-by-track. The 13 songs included on the album range from the pure, back-to-basics guitar rock of "Live Like We're Dying" and "Before We've Come Undone," to stirring, emotive ballads such as "Bring It Back." Allen's considerable multi-instrumentalist talents and all-star delivery are consistent on every track. Producers on the forthcoming album include Saalam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Nas, Leona Lewis), Steve Kipner (Christina Aguilera, David Archuleta ), Andrew Frampton (Kylie Minogue, Natasha Bedingfield) and Toby Gad (Beyonce, Fergie, Jordin Sparks).
Following the album launch, Allen will tape an episode of AOL Music Sessions, http://music.aol.com/sessions/latest, in which he will perform selections from the album and conduct an exclusive interview. The AOL Music Sessions is slated to debut on December 22.
"AOL has a longstanding working relationship with 19/Jive/RCA in serving as a launching pad for all the idols including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and David Cook," said Bill Crandall, Vice President, AOL Music. "We're thrilled to again serve as the platform in which to launch this extraordinary new artist."
The "Every Second Counts" campaign will live on Kris' official website, http://www.krisallenofficial.com, where fans can submit entries that demonstrate how their friend, family member or co-worker lives life to the fullest every day. The contest will culminate with one winner and three of his or her friends flying to New York City for an intimate performance by Kris, provided through AOL Music Sessions.
Calendar of AOL Launches:
11/06 - PopEater.com premieres Kris Allen's "Live Like We're Dying" music video
11/09 - AOL Music premieres Allen's self titled debut album
12/15- Every Second Counts Campaign winner and friends attend AOL Music Sessions taping in New York City
12/22 - AOL Music Sessions with Kris Allen premieres including exclusive performances and interviews
The AOL Entertainment Network includes AOL Music, PopEater, AOL Television, BlackVoices, Asylum, Urlesque and others. A leader within the online entertainment industry, the AOL Entertainment Network garnered more than 37.5 million unique visitors per month in September.*
19 Entertainment Ltd.
Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment and music brands of today. The company has attracted a unique team of exceptionally creative executives, who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist management. 19 Founder/CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and the HBO series "Little Britain USA." 19's unique talent includes legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, IDOL alumni Chris Daughtry, David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta, soccer icon David Beckham and world tennis No.2 Andy Murray.
JIVE Label Group
JIVE Label Group consists of Jive Records, LaFace Records, Volcano Entertainment, Hitz Committee Entertainment, Battery Records and Verity Gospel Music Group. These labels represent a varied group of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher, Tool, Ciara, Chris Brown, P!nk, Britney Spears, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, Three Days Grace, 311, Nick Lachey, T-Pain, Jordin Sparks, David Archuleta, Bullet For My Valentine, Buddy Guy, Living Things, Anthony Hamilton, Donnie McClurkin, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, J Moss and Backstreet Boys. JIVE Label Group is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment.
AOL is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL's business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. AOL is focused on attracting and engaging consumers and providing valuable online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the United States, which serves as a valuable distribution channel for AOL's consumer offerings. AOL LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.
* Custom AOL-defined Entertainment Network: AOL Music, AOL Television, Moviefone, BlackVoices, Asylum, PopEater and Urlesque, based on comScore Media Metrix Audience Duplication report (September 2009)
19 Entertainment, Inc.