Jo Dee Messina
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October 2000


10/25/00 courtesy of  "Abbey" from
Jo Dee Messina's next video will be shot in a real live castle. When Jo Dee was thinking about what to do for her "Burn" video, she wanted it to capture both the power of the emotions and the sweeping romanticism of the song. Destined to be Messina's most beautiful video to date, she will take an almost fairy tale concept to the Thousand Islands in the waters beyond Niagara Falls. Jo Dee explains, "We are shooting the video at the most wonderful castle in upstate New York. When I realized the castle was built with the same passion that is expressed in the song, I knew this was the
only place to shoot the video."
The castle's history is legendary and quite romantic. George C Boldt, the millionaire proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria in New York, set out to build a full size Rhineland Castle on Picturesque Heart Island in Alexandria Bay as a symbol of his love for his wife Louise. In 1904, Louise had suddenly died and the devastated George could not bare the thought of living there without his beloved, so he halted construction. The castle was abandoned where it stood. In 1977, the Thousand Island Bridge Authority acquired the property, and they used moneys generated from the Castle to preserve it for future generations. Jo Dee's video will embrace the notion of both a renaissance festival complete with minstrels and fairies, poets and jesters.


10/17/00 courtesy of  "Abbey" from
Jo Dee Messina is known for her high energy live performances, and tonight she'll need all that fire as she stays up for NBC-TV's "Late Night with Conan O' Brien" and "Later," which is hosted by Cynthia Garrett. Jo Dee says that talking with Cynthia was "a blast." "Looking at her was like looking in a mirror," she laughed. "She has so much energy and was so much fun to talk with!" While on the set of "Later," Jo Dee also taped a "behind the scenes" segment for the TV Guide Channel. As we've reported previously, all this is just the tip of the iceberg for Jo Dee. Her new album, Burn, debuted at #1 and is well on its way to platinum. We're sure that her "scorching" live
performance of the title track on this month's CMA awards has only helped. Plans to shoot a video for "Burn" are in the works and she's getting set to launch next year's tour as a headliner. Jo Dee seems to be maintaining her usual pace -- and says she's having a ball doing it. (T-100)


10/10/00 courtesy of  "Abbey" from
Jo Dee Messina, who's currently "burning" up the charts with her latest smash, "That's The Way," is the only country act in the "Most Requested Song" category at this year's second annual Radio Music Awards. Joining Jo Dee in the fan-response category are boy-band pop stars 98 Degrees, Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, rockers Everclear and pop diva Madonna. Jo Dee is proud of the honor, saying, "I'm grateful to country radio and the fans any time a song of mine is played and people can hear it. Going to #1 is always like a dream coming true.and when the fans respond like this, it's almost impossible to describe the feeling." This honor isn't a complete surprise for Jo Dee though, as this high energy entertainer has released four of Billboard's Top-10 "Most Played Songs" of the past two years: 1998's "Bye, Bye," 1998's "I'm Alright," 1999's "Lesson In Leavin'," and her most recent smash, "Stand Beside Me." The Radio Music Awards will be telecast on ABC-TV, live from Las Vegas, Nevada on November 4. (T-100)

10/08/00 courtesy of  "rda76" from
Billboard Top Country Albums
(reflects sales for the period Sep 19-25)

# 11 - Jo Dee Messina, "Burn" (-3) gold 8 weeks on, peaked at #1
After debuting at #1 eight weeks ago, the album has slipped 10 positions to
#11 in only seven weeks while sales have dropped from 61,000 units to around 14,000 units. Jo Dee's album must get back up in the top ten if it is to
have any chance of duplicating the double platinum success of her last album
"I'm Alright" which spent nearly a year in the top ten.

# 33 - Phil Vassar, "Phil Vassar" (0) 31 weeks on, peaked at #23

Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (reflects airplay for the week ending October 1)

# 4 - Jo Dee Messina, "That's The Way" (-3) peaked at #1 4778 spins (-510)
# 12 - Phil Vassar, "Just Another Day In Paradise" (+2) 3425 spins (+126)
# 67 - Jo Dee Messina, "Burn"







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