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Well he's a singer songwriter and even a former chicken chain mobile.
-- Rogers has sold more than 100 million albums going its fifteen year career he had twenty number one country singles.
He had pop songs and a pop top 106 times in fact.
And 1982 he sold more than 250.
Million dollars -- the records.
Kenny Rogers has had tremendous success operating you know his own label and now he's releasing its latest CB.
Kenny Rogers fifty years -- poplar restaurant chain and no.
It's like Kenny Rogers roasters with more we're pleased to welcome the man himself Kenny Rogers welcome to the show.
Good morning how are you I'm great first up.
You don't know labeled as ever as a result you get about three times in traditional 14% royalty rate received by most major artists and labels.
But the money in the business industry advantages of you know label we obviously know what they are but what are some intelligence is well.
Well you know it's today's record business is totally different model is so totally different from what it was.
Even ten years ago I mean that's the beauty of this deal that we put together with Cracker Barrel because.
You know they have points -- purchase -- 578.
And they're very few record stores that have that number.
Stores available to artists and it's it's to me it's a perfect audience for my product.
I -- -- deal is with Capitol Records.
But this is a special project that we're doing for them that includes new music as well as you -- nine -- my biggest hits islands in the stream through the years.
You know and the gambler those kind of things so it's it's a great combination of things and it's an opportunity to kind of do something unique in the record business.
Can you tell us a little bit about the new album who produce that then.
Are you trying to get a new audience involved in your music as well.
Well I mean I've I think I've been or are you always learn new audience I think what happens when you have that that really comes from radio though because if -- -- I hit record what it does is it brings new younger people to your shows.
Which make the people -- been coming all along feel like or something part of but chipper is something more special but -- but as far as musically goes I think I'm kind of boxed into who I am and what I do best.
And I try not to competed in areas that I don't feel like can compete again I think I'm an excellent storyteller.
And I have always said if you give me a song that touches me I think I can make it -- But as far as going out there and doing that have the country rock I can't compete with Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney and those guys so I don't -- I mean I do what I do best and honestly I think they're too young to do what I do so it's it's a nice that -- How much of this Cracker Barrel partnership is not like or like some of the other things that we've seen artists looking up group.
Retailers like Wal-Mart and of course I think the whole Starbucks thing what Ray Charles really kicked this off.
Yeah well I think it's I think it's a great idea I mean what you have this people who come in.
On a daily basis to these points -- purchase which is really what you're trying to establish any time.
You're trying to sell something has to get it in front of the audience you think.
Most likely to buy it so.
I think it's it's a clever packaging concept.
And they don't want just to take one of my old albums and do they -- they want something unique to crack over.
So that's what we've -- form we've provided him with three brand new songs that are really wonderful pieces of music.
Speaking of restaurants -- your name is forever linked obviously with Kenny Rogers roasters agendas now and that's going player and agent in -- restaurant industry countries like Malaysia and China.
Regrets that you're not involved with the restaurant giving its growing success.
No I'm not really because you're the guy who bought into the -- Malaysian part of that have a lot of money invested -- And I'm just thrilled that he could do that I I loved the company I think we got off to a bad start because.
What we have is we didn't have a centralized.
Franchise we we ended up.
Having two stores in Florida two in Oklahoma -- in Texas and and we couldn't really advertised properly it was.
It was at a bad plan that didn't work -- but we had a great product so I was proud of the product and disappointed it didn't work.
But you know I need this what the deal as I understand that.
-- you've always been one of my favorite I don't know how many of these jobs are gonna sell but you got one -- right here thanks a lot.
There you -- that's -- I --
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