BMI honors Paul Rodgers with 'Million Air' Award
BMI HONORS PAUL RODGERS WITH MILLION AIR AWARD
FREES ALL RIGHT NOW SURPASSES FOUR MILLION AIRPLAYS IN THE U.S.
Los Angeles, CA November 4, 2010 BMI has presented Paul Rodgers, singer songwriter and founding member of Free with a new Million Air award to acknowledge four million performances of Frees hit song "All Right Now." Million Air awards are presented to songwriters in recognition of songs that receive two million or more U.S. radio and television performances. A radio staple for 40 years, the song has also surpassed a massive 2,000,000 radio plays in the UK (as of 2000). All Right Now appeared on the bands Fire and Water album in mid-1970. The single was an international #1 hit in over 20 territories and landed at #2 on the UK charts and #4 on Billboard Hot 100.
When I started writing All Right Now the lyrics and the melody flowed easily. It felt special and its still special to me and the fans. Its a must play in my solo set, said Paul Rodgers.
Recently, All Right Now topped the UKs Planet Rock radio fan poll as the Greatest Rock Single, in one of the most decisive polls theyve ever run beating out 39 international chart-topping hit songs from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, AC/DC, The Eagles, Queen and Guns and Roses. Previous Planet Rock polls placed All Right Now on the Best Summer Rock Song, Greatest Rock Riff of All Time and Ultimate Driving Songs charts.
After a five-year skyrocketing run of success, Free would disband in 1973 and Paul Rodgers would go on to form and front another legendary rock band, Bad Company. Earlier this year, The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers greatest hits collection, featuring Rodgers greatest works during the legendary 68-73 era of Free and 73-82 era of Bad Company, became Bad Company's first top 10 chart appearance since 1979, Free's first since 1991 and was Rodgers return to the charts following his 2007 certified Gold debut solo DVD Live in Glasgow which charted at #1 in Canada, #2 in Japan, #3 in the US and #4 in the UK.
Following a U.S. summer tour run, Paul Rodgers and Bad Company recently wrapped their first concert tour of Japan in over 30 years culminating with a three night stand in Tokyo.