Saturday, 1 April 2017

The Shires exhibit to appear in London's Madame Tussauds

(April 1, 2017)

Recently following in the wax footprints of big-hitters Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton we witnessed C2C2017 headliner Reba McEntire unveil her new Madame Tussauds wax figure during a soundcheck on March 7th in Las Vegas. The new Patsy Cline Museum, set to open on April 7, has also joined forces with Madame Tussauds Nashville to honour the late singer with her own wax figure.
Rayna Jaymes and Deacon Claybourne (portrayed by Connie Britton and Charles Esten) from the CMT hit series, “Nashville,” will also sing their way into the Nashville attraction when it opens this April. The leading “Nashville” figures will be seated on a bench outside a replica of the famous Bluebird Café, giving guests the chance to pose for a photo seated between the two stars.


In true Country To Country style UK country superstars
The Shires (Ben Earle & Crissie Rhodes) are set to have their own exhibit in London this summer joining the waxwork ranks of Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction!  

At the recent C2C Country To Country 2017 Festival The Shires >> played to a packed Indigo at The O2 crowd with hundreds of eager fans unable to get in.
During the C2C CMA Songwriters event at the fifth annual C2C Festival, singer/songwriter Kristian Bush surprised the U.K. duo with CMA’s Jeff Walker Global award >> saying:
"These 2 people are going to be your exported country music into America, the future of the UK's country music The Shires!"

BBC Four turned over 3 1/2 hours to country music programming on Friday 17th March, including the first showing of the 60-minute documentary The Shires: New Country, which documented the rise of The Shires, as they launched their second album, and headed for Nashville. MY UNIVERSE, debuted and peaked at No.3 last October, becoming the fastest selling UK country album of all time and surged 62-26 (3,200 sales) on the Official UK Top 100 album chart while their 2015 debut BRAVE re-entered the Top 200 at No.73 (1,500 sales). BRAVE has sold 147,000 copies to date, and MY UNIVERSE 111,000, with both albums receiving GOLD certification from BPI, a combined total of over 1/4 million copies!.
The Madame Tussauds work begins
Crissie Rhodes of The Shires

While Nashville-based stars dominated the C2C festival The Shires, the UKs very own Home Counties duo have outsold their US country rivals (apart from Dolly Parton) the last few years by a country mile.
The Shires became the first UK country act to go Top 10 on the Official UK Album chart in March 2015.

They have played the Grand Ole Opry in music city and toured with Little Big Town in America as well as performing at Glastonbury.
In the UK they have appeared many times on National TV: BBC Breakfast, National Lottery Show, The One Show (twice), The Andrew Marr show, The Graham Norton Show along with ITV's Weekend and Lorraine early morning lifestyle and entertainment shows.

As could be seen in BBC Four documentory The Shires signed with Dot Records in October 2016 making music history by signing a ground-breaking record deal with Scott Borchetta the CEO of Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group under the historic Dot Records imprint.

On March 13, 2017 Big Machine Records announced a restructuring of its promotion staff with former Dot Records Dir./National Promotion Michelle Kammerer moving to BMLG RECORDS.
Former Dot Records artists Tucker Beathard and Carly Pearce have become Big Machine Records artists, while former DOT artist Drake White moved to BMLG RECORDS.
Dot Records, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) and Republic Records, will not continue and is dissolved.
Big Machine has seen voluntary exits by The Band Perry (aiming for pop ­success) and Tim McGraw who partnered wifey Faith Hill, got a richer deal at Sony.
The future label home for DOT artists Maddie & Tae, Aaron Lewis, or Steven Tyler (one album deal) and indeed The Shires is still unclear and unknown.

So, despite the fact The Shires are heading for Madame Tussauds have Decca UK (The Shires UK label home) gone into meltdown over this news?

Watch this Space!

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