The event, hosted by Ray Waddell, Billboard’s Executive Director of Content & Programming for Touring/Live Entertainment, will feature a special live acoustic set by one of country music’s top bands, Eli Young Band and benefit Musicians On Call, who bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Part of the day will include a visit by some of the Eli Young Band to VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System’s Nashville campus to visit with Veteran patients and their families and play a couple songs.
“Tennessee has always been home to country music’s finest, and we are delighted to have the Eli Young Band on board for the launch of Nokia Music in Nashville, in addition to supporting Musicians On Call,” said Jyrki Rosenberg, VP of Entertainment at Nokia. “We want to offer all our customers in Nashville a unique, mobile entertainment experience with our new free music service and are thrilled to be partnering with Billboard for this event.”
“The support from Nokia Music will allow us to keep providing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in the health care facilities in Nashville. We look forward to continuing collaborations with them,” said Scott Welch, Chairman of the Board at Musicians On Call. “We are very grateful for the generosity the music community has given us and are excited to be part of the Nokia Music launch. And it is always inspiring to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.”
Eli Young Band has charted two consecutive #1 hits at Country Radio with “Crazy Girl and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” “Crazy Girl” has been certified Platinum, was named Billboard’s #1 Country Song of The Year, won the 2012 ACM for Song Of The Year, and has been viewed over 12 million times on YouTube. While “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” has been certified GOLD and is nominated for CMA Song Of The Year. EYB has sold over 250,000 copies of their current album Life At Best. The album made its debut at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. It came in at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and #3 on the iTunes All Genre Chart just behind Jay Z / Kanye West and Adele. The band has earned praise in The New York Times, People, Associated Press, American Songwriter, The New Yorker, USA Today, New York Post, Billboard and Country Weekly.
Nokia Music is a mobile experience exclusive to Nokia Lumia handsets currently available at all AT&T stores. AT&T is the nation’s largest 4G network. Consumers can stream unlimited music from a suite of over 150 exclusive playlists that are curated and kept up to date by an expert team of US based musicologists. The playlists span a wide spectrum of musical genres from underground Detroit house tracks to New York Philharmonic favorites.
Nokia Music also offers playlists created by global artists, such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Ray, who are an active part of the service curating their namesake playlists. Moreover, music fans can create their own personal soundtrack by selecting the Nokia Music ‘CREATE’ function that generates a playlist based on, and inspired by, the artists they love.