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MONTGOMERY GENTRY TO PERFORM ON 'THE MORNING SHOW' & MORE!!
Duo celebrates success of SOME
PEOPLE CHANGE with national appearances on The Morning Show w/ Mike & Juliet, Hannity
& Colmes, and taping of Bloomberg TV's Night Talk
NASHVILLE, TN - Country duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY gears up for national television,
Farm Aid 2007, and CMA nominations!!! Surrounding the success of their current album Some
People Change, and their two-week #1 hit Lucky Man, Montgomery Gentry will be performing
on The Morning Show w/ Mike & Juliet, which is nationally syndicated, on Thursday,
The Morning Show w/ Mike & Juliet features a unique mix of celebrity interviews,
audience participation, and engaging segments about topics relating to viewers' lives.
Montgomery Gentry will also make an appearance on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes
that evening to continue the promotion of the Hannity Freedom Concerts, which will end on
September 11th in New Jersey.
Watch for the dynamic duo to perform at Farm Aid 2007 on September 10th in New York.
For additional appearances and exclusive interviews, please visit www.montgomerygentry.com
MONTGOMERY GENTRY TO AID WILLIE NELSON IN FARM AID
(Nashville, TN)- Country music duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY will join the legendary Willie Nelson
in Farm Aid 2007 which will be held for the first time in New York on September 9th at
Randall's Island. Montgomery Gentry is the only other country act announced thus far on
this star-studded lineup for the day-long festival. The show will promote food from family
farmers and raise funds for Farm Aid's work throughout the year to strengthen family farm
"Thanks to a warm welcome from Mayor Bloomberg and New Yorkers, Farm Aid is bringing
their annual concert to New York for the first time in 22 years," said Carolyn Mugar,
Farm Aid's executive director. "With inspiring music from generous artists and a menu
of family farm food, Randall's Island will be transformed into a music festival to be
"Farming was the way my family was raised. We were farming in the morning and playing
music at night," said Eddie Montgomery. "I'm playing for my granddaddies and
grandmamas who gave their blood, sweat and tears farming to put clothes on my back. People
don't realize what lots of farmers have to go through to get food to the stores. I can't
wait to do it."
"Sharing the stage with these legendary performers to help family farmers is an
incredible honor," said Troy Gentry. "We have always respected what Farm Aid
accomplishes, but have never had to the chance to attend one. We believe family farmers
help form the backbone of our nation."
Among the artists who will perform at Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival are Willie
Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Tim Reynolds, who will join Dave Matthews, The Allman
Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes,
Supersuckers and The Ditty Bops.
Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave
Matthews host the annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family
farmers and to inspire people to choose family-farmed food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has
raised over $30 million to support programs that help thrive, expand the reach of the Good
Food Movement, take action to change the current system of industrial agriculture and
promote food from family farms.
Tickets for Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival are available at all Ticketmaster
locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com
MONTGOMERY GENTRY & CHRIS YOUNG JOIN CHARLIE
DANIELS TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS!!
(Nashville, TN) - CHARLIE DANIELS has recruited hit-makers MONTGOMERY GENTRY and Nashville
Star winner CHRIS YOUNG to round-out the talent line-up for the 11th Annual Christmas For
Kids Benefit Concert taking place on Monday, November 19th at the historic Ryman
Auditorium in Nashville, TN beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets to the event are available by
As previously announced RODNEY ATKINS and TAYLOR SWIFT will lend their talents to perform
for the worthy cause.
"Anytime we get a chance to perform with Charlie Daniels, it is an honor," says
Troy Gentry. "He is one of our favorites in this business, and to know we are helping
Charlie raise money for kids to have a Christmas is even better."
The Christmas For Kids Organization has been in existence for over twenty years providing
special children the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season. Each year, the
organization brings the spirit of Christmas to hundreds of children throughout Middle
Tennessee allowing them to participate in festive activities organized specifically for
them. Events such as the Tour Bus Tour, which will happen on December 17, 2007, raise
money and allow folks to visit the home-away-from-homes of more than fifty stars and
celebrities at the Hendersonville Wal*Mart from 5:00 9:00PM.
The money raised at both events, the concert and Tour Bus Tour, is used to escort children
from 25 different schools for a day-long excursion. The day consists of a chauffeured trip
from their school aboard a country music star's luxury tour bus to a local Wal*Mart where
they are accompanied by a volunteer to participate in their own Christmas shopping spree.
On the return trip home, the children will participate in a Christmas carol sing-along.
All proceeds from the Tour Bus Show and the Charlie Daniels & Friends Benefit Concert
(sponsored in part by 95.5 The Wolf)November 19th--will be donated toward the
children's Christmas Shopping.
Charlie Daniels and Friends Charity Concert
For the benefit of Christmas for Kids
Monday, November 19 / 7:00PM / Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN
Tickets information is available by visiting www.christmas4kids.org
Golden circle VIP tickets available by calling (615) 453-2434 or by e-mailing Debbie@christmas4kids.org
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UPCOMING FESTIVALS AT GYMPIE, MILDURA & KEMPSEY
'SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA' RELEASED ON ABC MUSIC 'HEARTLAND' COMPILATION
After the success of his debut album 'The
Spirit of Australia' (including the release of the title track on ABC Music's debut
'Heartland' CD), Craig is all set to release his second album 'Bellbirds & Blackboys'
at both next week's Gympie Muster & next month's Mildura festival.
Carrying on Craig's commitment to tell Australian stories in song, 'Bellbirds &
Blackboys' focuses on a trip out to the New England region of New South Wales, where much
of his family reside. Featuring 10 original tracks and Craig's first cover - a rocked up
version of Raining on the Rock - the album covers a wide range of topics, from stories of
the first settlers & bushrangers ('Streets & Headstones' and 'Ten Years In
Cockatoo') through to up-tempo tracks about rural life in general ('The Great Divide',
'Bellbirds & Blackboys'), comedy ('We're Real Aussies') and of course a few ballads
penned in the poetic style for which Craig has become so well known ('This Bar', 'It's
Time To Go', 'This Old Town And Me').
A song Craig feels will hold great appeal to many within the country community is 'There's
Only The Two Of Us Here Tonight' - a tribute song to Slim which has been done a bit
different. Inspired by his grandfather's love of playing the harmonica to Slim's music
late at night, Craig decided to tell the story of an old cocky whose 'old bush mates have
gone' through the use of Slim's song titles. Over 30 of Slim's song titles have been
interwoven to tell the cocky's story from Slim's perspective, and we have decided to put a
full version up on Craig's Myspace site for you all to enjoy.
Craig wanted someone a bit special to sing harmonies for the album, and who better to turn
to than his good friend from Bella, Kate Ballantyne. Kate generously contributed her
talent for which we are truly thankful. On top of that, the album features a full range of
instrumentation, with Craig's regular band lineup (bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic
guitar, drums, harmonica) being assisted by keyboard, piano, pedal steel, banjo, dobro and
even a bit of didgeridoo to create something we feel is quite unique - (and would make an
EXCELLENT Fathers Day gift - hint hint!)
Details of Craig's Gympie and Mildura shows are available at www.muster.com.au and www.milduracountrymusic.com.au
respectively. In addition, Craig will be making a special appearance at the Kempsey
Country Music Festival from 1 to 2pm on Saturday September 8th (Kempsey racecourse).
Thank you for your time, and thank you as always to all the wonderful people we have met
through the country music community over the past few years - please come up and say g'day
if you are at Gympie, Mildura, Kempsey or any of Craig's other shows and roll on Tamworth
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Brad Paisley took an unannounced detour from his Hersheys
Presents Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour last night, bringing his band and tour mates Kellie
Pickler and Taylor Swift to Fort Campbell, KY -- home of the 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault) -- to entertain an estimated crowd of 35-thousand soldiers and
family members stationed at the base. Paisley staged the concert as a show of appreciation
for the on-going efforts of these (and other) military personne, and for the sacrifices
made by their families and loved ones. This is the most important concert I will
play all year, said Paisley during his set. We wanted to bring a little
party to you before your next deployment. In appreciation for his efforts,
Paisley was presented with a special plaque which bears an inscription noting that it is
from the soldiers and families of Fort Campbell, and features a panoramic photo of the
commanding general and all onsite soldiersthe Division Review, which occurs every
two yearstaken in May on the very site of Mondays concert. The plaque is
signed by the Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser, and includes a couple of his
coinsrare, specially minted pieces that the officer can give to someone as a show of
appreciation for acts of exceptional service, achievement or special recognition
of a job well done, or for unique contributions towards the accomplishment of the
Armys mission. Their significance in military culture is
substantialand are usually reserved for presentation to Army or Defense Department
personnel as a personal acknowledgment by the general.
Vince Gill, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery will be inducted into the Country
Music Hall of Fame this year. Honorees will be officially inducted in October during a
filmed invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame®
and Museum. Some footage will be broadcast during the 41st Annual CMA Awards
show on Nov. 7th.
Dolly Parton will debut her new label, Dolly Records, with the release of a new
country album in February, according to Billboard.biz/. "It's really the first
mainstream country record Dolly has done in 17 years," says Parton's manager, Danny
Nozell, who also serves as the GM of Dolly Records. Parton will be the sole focus of
the label, no other artists will be signed to the roster. After testing the major label
waters for possible distribution deals, Nozell says he decided on the indie path. "(I)
didn't see anything I was interested in," he says. "We have the finances
the major labels have, and I put together a marketing plan that was way more extensive
than any major has brought to me," Nozell says. Distribution is still being
finalized; an iTunes deal is in progress for digital and physical is still in the
works. The new single, "Better Get to Livin'", is scheduled to
impact radio on Sept. 24. A performance soon after is locked down on a "national
TV show in front of 20 million viewers," according to Nozell. A world tour to
support the new album will begin in the first quarter of next year. Dolly is now booked
worldwide by Neil Warnock, CEO of the Agency Group.
The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.
has announced that Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone and Kenny
Babyface Edmonds, have joined the all-star line up for The Dream
Concert to benefit the building of the Memorial on the National Mall. Previously
announced performers include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, Robin
Thicke, Bebe Winans, Cece Winans and Jessye Norman. The Concert will be held at
Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 18, Go to www.thedreamconcert.com for more information.
The Capitol Pub Crawl: Dungan Takes Demonbreun, a free music event open to
the public and scheduled to take place along the clubs on Demonbreun Street near Music
Row, will be held Aug. 23. Live performances from Capitol Records Nashville
rising artists Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Eric Church will take place
in popular hotspots The Tin Roof and Dan McGuinness, while Dierks Bentley
will literally take to the streets for his show, performing on a stage set up at one end
of the closed-off Nashville street. The event, playfully named for the labels
charismatic CEO/President, Mike Dungan, is being held in cooperation with the city
of Nashville. While the music industry continues to change on an almost
daily basis, what doesnt change at Capitol Records Nashville is the quality of our
music and our artists, said Dungan. What better way to showcase the
terrific music were creating - from brand new acts to established superstars - than
a free street party? On Aug. 23, were putting the music in Music City,
Billy Ray Cyrus' debut album for Walt Disney Records, HOME AT LAST,
cracked the Top 3 on Billboard's Top Country Album chart and Top 20 on the Top
200 Album chart. This achievement marks the singer/songwriter's highest chart debut
since his 1993 CD release IT WON'T BE THE LAST. Additionally, both father
and daughter Miley Cyrus have albums in the Top 20 in the same week. Miley's
double-disc set HANNAH MONTANA 2/MEET MILEY CYRUS is #5 on the Top 200 and recently
Red Steagall will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in
Carthage, TX on August 18. The celebration host Ralph Emery will welcome Red and
fellow inductees Johnnny Rodriguez and Bob Luman. Red stated, "I am
so humbled and honored to be recognized. There are so many talented artists and musicians
in Texas. I am so proud and grateful to be associated with them. I look
forward to many more years of making music and memories." Steagall's newest
album HERE WE GO AGAIN will hit stores on Sept. 15. On the album,
Red is joined by some of Country music's hottest stars on newly recorded duet
versions of his classic hits. Guests include: Toby Keith ("Lone
Star Beer and Bob Wills Music"); Reba McEntire ("Here We Go
Again"); Charley Pride ("Party Dolls and Wine");
Ray Benson ("Bob's Got a Swing Band in Heaven"); Neal
McCoy ("Early Mornin' Kind of Love"); Larry Gatlin ("No
Way, No How"); and Charlie Daniels ("Truck Drivin'
Man"). The album also includes Steagall standards like "Freckles
Brown" and "Somewhere My Love."
Toby Keith was featured Aug. 5 on Private Sessions, the new A&E
Network performance and interview series hosted by Lynn Hoffman. Filmed
in a small studio in New York City, the series showcases exclusive performances and
conversations with top names in entertainment with a focus on contemporary music ranging
from rock 'n' roll to pop to country. The show, which premiered July 22, explores the body
of work of a single artist or group and features current releases as well as
career-building, influential or defining projects.
XM Satellite Radio has launched XMX-Channel 2, dedicated to
repeat broadcasts of XM's own original programming, thereby allowing listeners to
catch up on episodes previously aired on the show's home channel. XMX's August /
September line-up includes Bill Anderson Visits With The Legends, scheduled to run
exclusively every Tuesday, beginning Aug. 7 with his guests Dolly Parton, Porter
Wagoner and Willie Nelson. Remaining Tuesdays in August will present the
country music Hall of Famer visiting with Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Loretta Lynn,
Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers and Charley Pride, and special tributes to Hank
Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Patsy Cline. At the same time, brand-new
episodes of Bill Anderson Visits With The Legends will continue airing
Tues-Thurs - Fri-Sat-Sun in its regular timeslots on the show's home channel XM-10,
NEWS BRIEFS: Hank Williams Jr. will be honored in the new CMT Giants
special, premiering in November. Reba McEntire received the honor last year
+++ Clint Black will kick off his Up Close &
Personal Tour with two nights at the Cerritos Center in Cerritos, CA, beginning
Aug. 23 and running through November. Opening act on select dates will be Laura Bryna,
a new artist on Black's Equity Music Group label. +++ Cledus T. Judd signed
an exclusive booking agreement with the Bobby Roberts Company. +++ Kimberly
Roads of Little Big Town and husband Stephen Schlapman are the proud
parents of Daisy Pearl, born July 27 in Phoenix, AZ. +++ All for the
Hall New York will be held on Oct. 10 at the Nokia Theater Times Square. Vince
Gill and Trisha Yearwood are among artists announced to perform at the guitar
pull style event, which benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and is
chaired by Nancy Jarecki and Timothy Leiweke, with Rod Essig and Ken Levitan acting as
Villard Books, an imprint of Ballantine Books at Random House Publishing
Group, has acquired the first book by #1 selling country music superstar Trace
Adkins, to be published Oct. 23. A Personal Stand: Observations and
Opinions of a Freethinking Roughneck will offer entertaining and thought-provoking
personal views on everything from the environment to immigration to the war on terror from
one of music's most thoughtful and articulate thinkers. Adkins said, "This book
has been knocking around in my head for a while now. It's not exactly a memoir, but more
of a look at the state of the country as I've seen it through the lens of my admittedly
Vince Gill will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Vinny Pro-Celebrity
Invitational (a private, invitation-only golf event) on Aug. 12-13 in Brentwood, Tenn.
Gill will be joined by British Open senior champion Tom Watson, who will give a
clinic. In addition, the family of the late golf pro Payne Stewart will present a
bronze trophy for an award named in his honor. Other celebrity participants include Amy
Grant, John Michael Montgomery, Charley Pride, Mac Davis, Gary Mule Deer and members
of the Gatlin Brothers and Diamond Rio. Celebrity athletes include 1975 U.S.
Open winner Lou Graham, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, Baseball Hall
of Fame member Harmon Killebrew, former Oakland Raiders quarterback Daryle
Lamonica, LPGA Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez and former NBA player Will
Perdue. Proceeds from The Vinny support a variety of junior golf programs throughout
the state of Tennessee, including 6 First Tees, Special Olympics Golf, Blind Golf, and
numerous programs that request Grants from the Tennessee Golf Foundation,
administrators of The Vinny funds. To date the event has raised in excess of
3.8 million dollars.
Sammy Sadler makes his return to the country airwaves with his new hooky,
honky-tonkin' dance tune, "Heart Shaped Like Texas," on the
Texas-based "S" Records label. Sidelined for the last year with a painful
back condition, Sadler is on the road to recovery, has signed new management - Joe Bob
Barnhill and Doug Deforest - and will release a new album early next year.
1720 Entertainment has partnered with KOCH Entertainment Distribution on an
exclusive physical and digital distribution deal. Under this agreement, KOCH will be the
exclusive distributor for the innovative and eclectic company in the US. With headquarters
in Atlanta, 1720 recently launched their country division and opened an office in
Nashville. Among future album releases to be distributed by KOCH will be the debut album
from rising country artist, Rissi Palmer whose self-titled CD is scheduled for
release on Oct. 23rd.
EVENTS Calendar -2007-2008:
Aug. 9-11 - International Rock-A-Billy Festival, Jackson, TN
Aug. 12-13 - Vinny Pro-Celebrity Invitational (private), Brentwood,
Aug. 23 - Capitol Pub Crawl, Nashville, TN
Sept. 9 - Farm Aid Concert, Randall's Island, New York City
Sept. 18 - Dream Concert, Radio City Music Hall, New York City
Sept. 21-22 - 19th Annual Gstaad Festival, Switzerland
Oct. 1-7 - IBMA World of Bluegrass, Nashville, TN
Oct. 6-7 - Dottie West Music Fest, McMinnville, TN
Nov. 7 - 41st Annual CMA Awards Show, Nashville, TN
Mar. 7-16 - SXSW 2008, Austin, TX
Mar. 13-16- 18th Annual Festival Of The West, Phoenix, AZ
"Dope Slap Soup" Available
It's the 8th album released by Randy McAllister. "Dope Slap Soup" broadens the
recorded library to include "Clear My Head", and the soulful "When I get
Back Home" among others. The CD is currently available on Randy's web site http://www.RandyMcallister.com where you can
sample some of the tracks. CD's are available on Randy's web site, Amazon.com and
Visit Dope Slap, Texas
Listen to "Dope Slap
"Dope Slap Soup" CD Comments - Brett
Fleming, WEVL, Memphis
"When I first saw the title of Randy McAllister's latest effort, "Dope Slap
Soup", I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But upon listening through the entire CD a
second time, I realized I had been handed a big, thick slice of great Texas blues and
roots music. McAllister has surrounded himself with a host of fine musicians on this
recording and their playing is uniformly excellent throughout the disc. Even though
McAllister is a fine harp player, his playing doesn't dominate this record. Instead he
lets his very soulful vocals, top notch song-writing from his own pen and that of fellow
Texan Mike Morgan, and the aforementioned fine studio band carry the music along on a
rousing trip through Texas. Do yourself a favor and give this disc a thorough listen, and
you'll be very pleasantly surprised. I will be spinning this one for a long time to
come." - Brett Fleming, WEVL, Memphis Randy at HOB Every Tuesday - In September -
Make sure you catch Randy at HOB every Tuesday in September at the House of Blues - Dallas
in the restaurant area. Randy will have plenty of the new CD's available at the shows.
This is a great opportunity for Dallas area fans to take in a series of appearances and
hear more of Randy's library live. With over 100 recorded originals and lots of new
material that's never been recorded, you never know what the band will play. Make plans to
catch all Randy's concerts in September. Reserve the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.
"Fans - Thanks!"
Once again we can't thank you enough for your support. Fans make everything possible. You
keep the music playing. The new CD is doing exceptionally well at all the concerts. Some
of the new tracks are opening doors and expanding interest in the Band. Your radio
requests, play a huge part in getting Randy heard. Every time a song gets requested a
radio programmer discovers him and if we can get him played more fans discover Randy's
music. Just taking a few minutes to call a station means the world to the Band. We have a
list of stations and call in lines if you are looking for one at
http://www.RandyMcAllister.com/radio.html Only you can make Randy's music important to
them. We need your support and greatly appreciate every friend you bring to a concerts.
See you there.
"Randy A Great Choice for Corporate
The season is coming... If your company is planning an
event you can make the band a part of it. We are booking corporate dates for September
through January NOW. Randy takes a few dates every month playing for corporate events,
parties and conventions. If your company has an event that includes live music, you
already know about the kind of performance you can expect from Randy and the band. Give us
a call at 214-453-2503 ex 101 Randy's staff is always looking to add dates to his
schedule. Randy enjoys the variety.
Booking Contact: Chris Ownbey - Busthead Management - 214-453-2503
Record Label: Reaction Records
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Patti Hall's World Tour Stop at Columbia County Fair
Recording Artist Patti Hall to Open for Trailercana
World Tour Stop atColumbia County Fair
Los Angeles, CA, USA - Sing like you mean it. Ride
like you dream it. That winning mantra is working well for recording artist Patti Hall (www.pattihall.com). Her passion for horses and music
started in childhood. However, it wasnt until recently she finally grabbed the reins
when her inner cowgirl whispered it was time to go ride her dreams. Shes back in the
saddle and back behind the microphone, enjoying the ride on both counts.
This spring she released her first national single Waitin on a Train and
the song continues to fly up the New Music Weekly charts. Co-written by country heartthrob
Joe Nichols, its from her first CD Never Ask Why. The single currently
sits at #10 on the AC/HotAC Chart and is in the top 20 of the Hot 100 Top 40 & Adult
Contemporary Charts. Gaining radio play across the country, a few weeks ago it crossed
over and even started climbing the main country charts. Thats rare for an
independent artist. Local audiences will have two opportunities to hear this
newcomers velvety, haunting style live at the Columbia Country Fair.
Hall opens for Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours (www.unhitched.com). The bands world tour
includes a special stop in Dayton. This is due in part to local sponsorship support
including Airstream of Spokane, Banner Bank of Dayton, and Les Schwab of Walla Walla.
McClain was raised in a trailer park in Kentucky and the bands latest CD
Trailercana draws from humorous homegrown characters as well as touching
personal adventures. Traveling with the band is Bobby Cochran of Steppenwolf. Other guests
appearing on the new CD include Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Smothers and
Performances are Friday and Saturday evening, September 7th and 8th at the Columbia County
Fairgrounds in Dayton. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the performers following
each show. Admission to the concert is included with purchase of a $10 fair ticket. For a
complete fair schedule go to www.historicdayton.com/commcalendar.htm
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Fisher-Price Recalls Toys
Week of August 13, 2007
A voluntary recall has been announced of 967,000 Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and
other children's toys manufactured by Fisher-Price Inc. Surface paints on the toys could
contain excessive levels of lead. The toys were sold in retail stores nationwide May 2007
- August 2007. Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and
contact Fisher-Price. Consumers will need to return the product and will receive a voucher
for a replacement toy of the consumer's choice up to the value of the returned product.
For additional information contact Fisher-Price at (800) 916-4498 anytime or visit the Mattel website.
Mattel Recalls 19 Million Toys Sent From China
STORY and DAVID
Published: August 15, 2007
Mattel, the worlds largest toy company, yesterday announced the biggest recall in
In a double-barreled announcement, the company said it was recalling 436,000 Chinese-made
die-cast toy cars depicting the character Sarge from the animated film Cars
because they are covered with lead paint.
At the same time, the toy maker said it was recalling 18.2 million other toys because
their small, powerful magnets could harm children if swallowed. The magnetized toys were
also made in China, but they followed a Mattel design specification.
About half of the toys in each recall were distributed in the United States.
Amid a wave of increasing safety concerns about products made in China, the recall
threatened to set the toy industry on its heels just as companies are beginning to
ship toys to stores for the holiday shopping season, when half of all toy purchases are
Separately, laboratory tests have found that some Chinese-made vinyl baby bibs sold at
Toys R Us stores appear to be contaminated with lead.
Industry analysts said Mattels woes are part of a much larger problem.
If I went down the shelves of Wal-Mart
and tested everything, Im going to find serious problems, said Sean McGowan,
managing director and the toy analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities. The idea that
Mattel with its high standards has a bigger problem than everybody else is
laughable. If we dont see an increase of recalls in this industry, then its a
case of denial.
Even Mattel executives said repeatedly yesterday that the company may have more recalls.
No system is perfect, Robert A. Eckert, Mattels chairman and chief
executive, said in a conference call. Theres no guarantee that we will not be
Shares in Mattel dropped 57 cents, to $23, during regular trading, but rose the same
amount after hours.
The mounting wave of safety concerns is forcing Mattel and other toy companies to
reconsider long-held assumptions about the safety of their products. Mattel executives
said yesterday that in the long run they are trying to shift more of their toy production
into factories they own and operate and away from Chinese contractors and
We do realize the need for increased vigilance, increased surveillance, said
Jim Walter, senior vice president of worldwide quality assurance at Mattel, in an
Still, the latest recall led to intensified calls from consumer advocates and politicians
for stricter safety standards, as well as tougher penalties for companies.
This summer alone has seen well over 13 million toy recalls, popular toys removed
from our homes and our stores because they have been found to be extremely dangerous, in
some cases lethal, to our children, said Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of
Minnesota, a member of the Senate commerce committee.
Senator Klobuchar said it was increasingly clear that the Consumer
Product Safety Commission needed more financing and greater authority. The commerce
committee held a hearing last month on the safety of goods made in China.
The lead-paint recall was Mattels second in less than a month of lead-tainted toys
made in China. Together, the recalls have thrust the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels
cars into the heart of rising concern over products made in low-cost factories in China.
Last months recall of toys with lead paint included some based on characters from
Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer.
The magnetic toys involved in the new recall included 63 products that, though produced in
China, were recalled because of a design flaw on Mattels part, not a problem with
its Chinese contractors.
The magnetic toys had been produced since 2002 and sold before January 2007. They include
44 different Polly Pocket toys, 11 Doggie Day Care toys, 4 Batman toys, a One Piece toy,
and 2 Barbie toys.
Many toy makers have recalled magnetic toys since early 2006 as the consumer safety
commission, concerned that children could ingest the magnets, focused on magnets on toys
as a rising safety hazard.
Mattel said it was working with the safety commission and other regulatory agencies
worldwide, as well as with retailers to remove the affected products from stores.
Before the recall was announced, Mattel began an advertising campaign yesterday aimed at
reassuring consumers of its commitment to product safety.
Mattel said the lead-tainted products, made from May to July, were discovered in routine
safety checks. But Mattel has also been running an investigation of all its toy
manufacturing since early July. The latest recall involves toys from a different Chinese
contractor from the one that produced toys recalled earlier this month, Mattel said.
The recall is the latest in a series of such actions this year involving Chinese-made
goods, including contaminated pet food ingredients, childrens jewelry, defective
tires and tainted toothpaste. In July, one of Mattels European retail partners
noticed lead paint on some of its toys, and Mattel began an extensive investigation of the
toys in its distribution chain and of the contract manufacturers that make half of its
toys. Mattel has not stepped up checks on the nearly 3,000 companies that license its
brands to put on products other than toys, Mr. Walter said.
Yesterdays lead paint recall was caused by a subcontractor, Hong Li Da, hired by
Mattels contractor in China, Early Light Industrial. Mattel executives said Early
Light, which has worked with Mattel for 20 years, was not at fault in the paint
substitution. A number of Mattels 30 to 50 contractors in China subcontract parts of
their production to other companies, Mr. Walter said.
At least two other major toy manufacturers have begun investigations of their toys from
China this summer in reaction to the recalls, said Carter Keithley, the president of the
Toy Industry Association. Mr. Keithley declined to name those companies.
has increased the level of its safety checks this summer in light of the recalls, said
Wayne Charness, a senior vice president. Hasbro does not own any factories in China and
instead entirely uses contractors for its production there.
There are already many lawsuits against companies involved in the pet
food recall as well as the Thomas & Friends toy train recall.
Manufacturing experts say that companies have cut costs so much in China that more toy
testing is not affordable for many manufacturers.
If Mattel, with all of its emphasis on quality and testing, found such a widespread
problem, what do you think is happening in the rest of the toy industry, in the apparel
industry and even in the low-end electronics industry? said S. Prakash Sethi, a
professor at Baruch
College, part of the City
University of New York, who has acted as an independent monitor of working conditions
in Mattels factories for the last 10 years. Everyone is going to be found with
lots of dirty laundry.
But, he said, there is something to be said about the pressure that American and
European and multinational companies put on Chinese companies to supply cheap products.
The operating margins are razor thin, so you really should not be surprised that there is
pressure to cut corners.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is negotiating with the toy industry to conduct
broader testing of toys that are being imported, said Nancy A. Nord, the commissions
acting chairwoman. Ms. Nord also urged consumers not to overreact to the news.
In todays environment, it is easy to take recalls out of proportion, she
said. By no means is it the largest recall this agency has done, and it represents
only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions of toys that are sold in the United
States every year.
About 65 percent of Mattels toys are made in China, some in five factories the
company owns and operates there. Mr. Walter visited China and Hong Kong last week to meet
with all of Mattels contract manufacturers to reiterate Mattels quality rules.
The message was very clear, he said. If you cannot do these things,
please let us know. No problem, but you wont be doing business with us.
Mattel announced a $30 million charge soon after that recall, and executives yesterday
said that amount would cover the cost of this weeks recall.
Lee Der Industrial, a contract manufacturer based in southern China, was responsible for
producing the toys that contained excessive levels of lead paint in the first recall.
Mattel stopped accepting goods from the contractor, and last week the Chinese government
revoked Lee Ders export license. The owner of Lee Der, Zhang Shuhong, committed
suicide by hanging himself in a factory warehouse last Saturday, Chinese officials have
Mr. Eckert said in an interview that Mattel had been able to recover the costs of its
recall of the products made by Lee Der Industrial. My understanding is that Lee Der
is out of business, he added.
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