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Photos: 21st Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards

Lauren attended the 21st Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards last night (October 26) and looked as beautiful as ever in her stunning black dress. I’ve added a few photos to the gallery so please check them out.

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Appearances & Events > 2011 > October 26th – 21st Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards

Video: “Georgia Peaches” On Ellen

Lauren was on the Ellen DeGeneres show today and she performed her current single, “Georgia Peaches”. She did an absolutely amazing job. You can watch the entire performance below.

Lauren Alaina: Best-Selling Female Country Debut Since 2006

Lauren Alaina’s debut album, Wildflower, is the best-selling female country debut since 2006 and is the highest country album debut this week, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and an impressive No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. With first-week sales of 69,013, Lauren is the youngest female artist to debut this high on the Billboard charts since LeAnn Rimes’ debut 15 years ago. Wildflower also becomes the best-selling digital album by a debut country female, selling 19,659 digital albums.

“I am just so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to share my music with the world,” said Lauren Alaina. “To see my name on the charts alongside country greats that I have admired and looked up to my whole life is absolutely mind-blowing!”

“Everyone here at Universal Music Group is really honored to be working with Lauren and so proud of what she has already accomplished,” says Luke Lewis, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, which includes Mercury Nashville. “At just 16 years old, Lauren has already proven she is dedicated to her career and willing to put in the hard work and it’s already starting to pay off. I believe this is just the beginning of what you are going to see from this young lady.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of Lauren’s success and congratulate her on an impressive debut,” says Steve Berman, Vice Chairman, Interscope, Geffen A&M Records. “This achievement marks the beginning of much more to come from this talented young artist.”

According to Billboard, this is the first time since 2008 where both the winner (Scotty McCreery) and second-place finisher (Lauren Alaina) of American Idol posted Top Five-charting albums (or Top 10, for that matter). The last Nos. 1 and 2 placers to do so were 2008 winner David Cook and runner-up David Archuleta. Their debut albums bowed and peaked at No 3 and 2, respectively.

The Georgia native and 16-year old American Idol Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina outsold last year’s Season 9 winner Lee Dewyze. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for Lauren and winner Scotty McCreery on this season’s American Idol, and 38.6 million viewers tuned in to see the finale.

Source: Nashville.com

Lauren Alaina to Light Up Graceland

This fall, Lauren Alaina will help spread holiday cheer — Elvis style. The 16-year-old ‘American Idol’ runner-up will have the honor of flipping the switch on the Christmas lighting display at Graceland, which includes a plethora of signature blue lighting, a true-to-size Nativity scene, as well as the staple Santa Claus flying his sleigh. All of the decorations were originally the work of the King himself, with help of the rest of the Presley family.

The lighting ceremony is free and open to the public, and this year’s event will be especially exciting, as the former Elvis homesite has partnered with CMT and Sirius XM. Together, the group will offer one lucky fan the opportunity to fly to Memphis free of charge, where they will see the sights and stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. Additionally, the winner will grab a private meet and greet with Lauren Alaina.

After Alaina lights up the former property of the King, which spans 13.8 acres, Santa will be on site to take photos with kids and their families. The official Graceland Christmas lighting ceremony will take place on November 18.

Source: Taste of Country

Photos: Signing Copies Of “Wildflower” at Walmart

On Saturday, Lauren went to Walmart in Kennesaw, Georgia to sign copies of her album “Wildflower”. The employees also baked her a cake to welcome her. You can view the photos in the gallery.

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Appearances & Events > 2011 > October 15th – Signing copies of “Wildflower” at Wal-Mart in Kennesaw, Georgia

Video: Performing on Live! with Regis & Kelly

In case you missed it, Lauren was on Live! with Regis & Kelly last week and she performed her new single “Georgia Peaches”. You can watch the full performance below.

Video: Performing on Good Morning America

Lauren was on Good Morning America this past week promoting her debut album “Wildflower” and she performed “Like My Mother Does” and “Georgia Peaches”. You can watch both videos below; she did an absolutely amazing job!

Georgia Peaches

Like My Mother Does

“Wildflower” Avaliable Now!

New Photo Additions

I know we’re behind on photos so I’m just trying to catch up on all the ones I’ve missed. I’ve added photos of Lauren attending the “Footloose” screening in Nashville & photos of her attending the Bosom Buddy Brunch to the gallery. Be sure to check them all out.

October 6th – “Footloose” Nashville Screening

October 9th – Laurie DeYoung’s Bosom Buddy Brunch

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Appearances & Events > 2011 > October 6th – “Footloose” Nashville Screening
Appearances & Events > 2011 > October 9th – Laurie DeYoung’s Bosom Buddy Brunch

Lauren Alaina CD “Wildflower” to be released on Tuesday

Tuesday is the day Lauren Alaina said she has anticipated since she first picked up a microphone: Her debut album, “Wildflower,” hits stores across America.

“I’ve been dreaming of this since I was, like, 3 years old,” the Rossville teenager said in a phone interview. “I can’t believe that it happened by the time I was 16. It’s mind-blowing.”

Lauren has a ready-made fan base of 26 million viewers who followed her journey earlier this year through Season 10 of “American Idol.” With Grammy-winning producer Byron Gallimore (who has worked with Sugarland, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) at the helm and tracks written by an A-list of Nashville songwriters, “Wildflower” is already generating buzz in the industry.

US Weekly’s music critic posted: “Start sweating, Carrie Underwood … ‘American Idol’ at last has a finalist as good as its top alum.”

THE CD

Lauren spent three months recording the album’s 12 tracks in studios across America between stops on the “American Idol” tour this summer. “Wildflower,” on the Mercury Nashville label, will sell for $9.99 on iTunes.

She said she chose the title because it reminded her of herself.

“Wildflowers are sweet, but they have a little bit of spunk to them,” she said. “I like to have a lot of fun, and I’m really sassy.”

Her tracks reflect that buoyant, youthful spirit in uptempo odes to Southern life. But it’s the impressive vocal range she displays — much stronger than what viewers saw during ‘Idol’ — that will convince skeptics the teen has the talent judges kept alluding to during “Idol’s” run.

Lauren called working side-by-side with Gallimore an incredible learning experience.

“Byron Gallimore is now officially a part of my family. I just could not have had a better producer for my first album. He knew I was new in the studio, so he kind of let me do my thing, then he would listen to it and point out certain parts I needed to fix.

“He wasn’t judgmental at all. He really helped me work through things. I learned so much from him about the whole process — from how recording works, to how they get the band together, to how they do musical tracks.”

SONG SELECTION PROCESS

Lauren said she had a specific criteria for evaluating songs as she listened to demos.

“I wanted good songs that I would like to hear on the radio and that were appropriate for little girls to listen to because they are a big part of my fan base,” the singer explained.

Of the dozen cuts, three are by songwriters with local ties.

“The Lord works in mysterious ways,” she said of that coincidence. “I didn’t know until I’d selected them.”

Nathan Chapman is the Lee University alumnus who produces Taylor Swift. Kelley Lovelace is the Hixson High School grad whose lyrics helped make Brad Paisley famous.

And, in perhaps the most serendipitous collaboration, Cohutta, Ga.’s own Mallary Hope had two songs chosen, one of which is Lauren’s second single, being released this week. Lauren said its title, “Georgia Peaches,” appealed for the obvious reason that it’s also her home state.

In a phone interview from Nashville, Hope said she wrote the song thinking it would be her next single. But when her management nixed that idea, she put it up for grabs, although she still sings it in her own shows.

“Any songwriter in town would be really happy and excited to have this opportunity,” Hope said of inclusion on “Wildflower.”

“I knew if Lauren ended up cutting it, her record would get it out and people would listen. She has a lot of followers. I think it will be a great opportunity for me,” Hope said.

Another interesting album note: Lauren is the first to record a song written by her own idol, Carrie Underwood.

“Can you imagine my face when I found out?” exclaimed the teen.

“Eighteen Inches,” written by Underwood, Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, is a coming-of-age song about a young couple who elope and soon find they will be parents. The 18 inches first represents the distance from “the head to the heart,” then it’s their newborn’s length.

“We wrote that for Carrie for her last record, but she didn’t record it for whatever reason,” Lovelace said in a phone interview from Nashville. “I believe Carrie might have pitched it to Lauren. I know Carrie always loved that song. It’s a really strong song, and I always hoped that it would get recorded.”

“It’s really cool for me to be able to sing that beautiful song written by my idol and her being able to have a song out as a writer instead of the artist. I really, really love the song. It’s well-written and has a beautiful melody,” Lauren said.

Lauren also included one of her original songs in the mix.

“In love, sometimes the timing is never right, and that is basically what ‘Funny Thing About Love’ says. It talks about how love confuses you and makes you all crazy inside. I love it,” the singer said.

WHAT’S NEXT

Lauren will be in New York City this week promoting her album on “Good Morning, America” and “Live With Regis and Kelly.” The week of Oct. 17, she’ll be in Los Angeles for appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and possibly “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” A CD tour is being scheduled for after the new year, she said.

She has two appearances set at the Grand Ole Opry. On Oct. 22, she’ll perform at Women Rock for the Cure/Opry Goes Pink. She’ll participate in the CMA Awards in Nashville on Nov. 9, although she said she doesn’t know in what capacity yet.

She’s still a student at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, keeping up with her junior class through the school’s online credit recovery courses, the same lesson/test curricula she followed while competing on “American Idol.”

But her biggest test comes Tuesday when the charts show whether “Wildflower” is a hit with country music’s fans.

“This is a competition not unlike ‘American Idol,’ but this time her competition is Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift,” said Bill “Dex” Poindexter, WUSY 101 Radio music director and afternoon show co-host.

“It’s a good CD. They’ve definitely pulled out all the stops, got the right writers and the right songs. I think she’ll do real well,” he said.

“AI” winner Scotty McCreery’s CD made its debut Oct. 4 and was No. 1 on iTunes the following day.

Does Lauren feel the pressure?

“You know, I’m over the competition thing now. It’s just about our careers,” she said philosophically.

“Whatever God has set out for both of us, that’s what’s going to happen. There’s no sense in being competitive. You’ve just got to do the best you can and hope for the best. My mama raised me that way.

“I just really hope everybody likes ‘Wildflower’ and I can make Chattanooga, Rossville, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe proud.”

Source: TimesFreePress.com