Rising Country Artist Katie Armiger to Launch 24-City Summer Concert Tour at Simon Property Group Malls Across the Nation

May 28, 2009

Seventeen-year-old Singer/Songwriter to Showcase Her Critically Acclaimed Second Album “Believe” on Her First National Tour with The Simon dTOUR -Country Music Tour

INDIANAPOLIS, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — For music fans, the summer’s next sensation could be as close as the neighborhood mall as Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG), Great American Country (GAC) Television, F.Y.E., and Cold River Records today announced Katie Armiger will headline her first tour making stops in 24 cities at Simon malls nationwide June 23rd through August 16th. The tour, sponsored by GAC and F.Y.E., will have Katie performing at Simon malls in major cities including Houston, San Diego, Denver, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

As an extension of the Simon dTOUR Live series, the young Houston native will perform 45-minute sets, featuring a voice that is well beyond her years and has earned her acclaim as a rising country artist. After each show, Katie will sign autographs and accompany one lucky concert-goer on an unforgettable shopping spree, courtesy of Simon malls and Buckle, provider of the official tour wardrobe.

Rarely do you hear of a young artist whose vocal ability and talent is compared to the likes of seasoned country artists like Sara Evans and Martina McBride but Katie Armiger, who burst onto the country music scene last year with her debut album, has done just that. Now one year and two albums later, Katie is set to hit the road on her first headlining national tour in support of her critically acclaimed second album Believe on the Simon dTOUR-Country Music Tour.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to go on my first headlining tour and partner with Simon, GAC, and F.Y.E.,” said Katie. “It’s going to be such an amazing experience to get my music out there and perform in malls across the country this summer. I cannot wait.”

Katie, who has taken the country music world by storm, is ready to take on Simon malls nationwide this summer. She has set several records for the highest chart numbers ever seen by an independent female artist on R&R and Music Row. Katie also recorded one of the highest download weeks ever seen by a country Discovery Artist on iTunes. She has been featured in numerous publications as an artist to watch including People Magazine, Country Weekly, The Tennessean, Cosmo Girl, Seventeen.com, AOL’s The Boot, the Houston Chronicle, and ElleGirl.com. Katie launched a wildly successful web series with GACTV.com entitled Kapturing Katie, following her life leading up to the release of her second album Believe. Due to the success of the web series GAC teamed up with her for their most successful nationwide sweepstakes “Kapturing a Love Song with Katie Armiger” where a lucky winner got to write and record a song with Katie. The single, “I Guess That’s Love,” written by Katie, country music group Love and Theft, and the sweepstakes winner Stephen Shumacher, is available now on iTunes. To the relief of all those that support Katie she has shown no signs of slowing down and will now be coming to a mall near you.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Katie and Cold River Records,” said Cathi Weiner, senior vice president at Simon Brand Ventures, the company’s business-to-consumer division. “Katie’s music embodies the spirit so familiar to our ‘tween’ and teen shoppers, and we think her presence on our Simon dTOUR – Country Music Tour stage will provide her fans and her soon-to-be fans with the kind of summer entertainment that makes youthful memories in years to come.”

During the concerts, ‘tweens’ and teens will have the chance to win Simon Visa Gift Cards and one-on-one shopping experiences with Katie at The Buckle.

KATIE ARMIGER Simon dTour – Country Music Tour:

    June 23rd      Santa Rosa, CA (San Francisco)     Coddingtown Mall
    June 25th      Mission Viejo, CA                  The Shops @ Mission
    June 26th      Westminster, CA (Los Angeles)      Westminster Mall
    June 27th      San Diego, CA                      Fashion Valley
    June 30th      Phoenix, AZ                        Arizona Mills
    July 2nd       Denver, CO                         Colorado Mills
    July 7th       Oklahoma City, OK                  Penn Square Mall
    July 8th       Hurst, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth)       North East Mall
    July 9th       Cedar Park, TX (Austin)            Lakeline Mall
    July 10th      San Antonio, TX                    Ingram Park Mall
    July 11th      Katy, TX (Houston)                 Katy Mills
    July 15th      Nashville, TN                      Opry Mills
    July 17th      Kennesaw, GA (Atlanta)             Town Center @ Cobb
    July 18th      Orange Park, FL (Jacksonville)     Orange Park Mall
    July 21st      Orlando, FL                        The Florida Mall
    July 25th      North Wales, PA (Philadelphia)     Montgomery Mall
    July 29th      Toms River, NJ                     Ocean County Mall
    August 1st     North Attleboro, MA (Boston)       Emerald Square Mall
    August 4th     Mentor, OH (Cleveland)             Great Lakes Mall
    August 5th     Ann Arbor, MI                      Briarwood Mall
    August 6th     Indianapolis, IN                   Castleton Square Mall
    August 7th     Gurnee, IL (Chicago)               Gurnee Mills
    August 13th    Greendale, WI (Milwaukee)          Southridge Mall
    August 16th    St. Paul, MN                       Maplewood Mall

For more information on Katie Armiger contact: Denise Carberry, 212.334.6116, Dcarberry@pfamedia.net

About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest public U.S. real estate company. Simon is a fully integrated real estate company which operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers(R), The Mills(R), community/lifestyle centers and international properties. It currently owns or has an interest in 386 properties comprising 262 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. The Company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. Simon Property Group, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Company’s website at www.simon.com.

About Simon Brand Ventures

Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), Simon’s business-to-consumer arm, is pioneering the transformation of shopping centers into a medium where consumer brands can build relationships with Simon shoppers who make over 2.8 billion visits each year. Simon’s vast franchise of market-leading shopping centers nationwide provides SBV the foundation to monetize the distribution system through numerous consumer ventures. SBV has engaged in a number of consumer business initiatives, including the Simon Visa Giftcard(R), launch of Simon platform programs such as Simon DTour Live(R), Simon Kidgits Club(R) and Simon Super Chefs Live!(R); a national media delivery channel including static, digital and experiential marketing and advertising vehicles, including the OnSpot Digital Network; and multiple national and local marketing alliances with Coca-Cola, Visa U.S.A. and Cingular Wireless, among others.

About Great American Country (GAC)

Great American Country is the leader in country music entertainment, and delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. GAC broadcasts original country music programming, music performance specials, live concerts and music videos. GAC is available in more than 55 million households and online at http://www.GACTV.com. GAC is owned by Scripps Networks, the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, including HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network and Fine Living Network. Scripps Networks is based in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Nashville, and is a unit of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI).

About F.Y.E.

Trans World Entertainment is a leading specialty retailer of entertainment software, including music, video and video games and related products. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, primarily under the names f.y.e. for your entertainment and Suncoast and on the web at www.fye.com, www.wherehouse.com, www.secondspin.com, www.samgoody.com and www.suncoast.com.

SOURCE Simon Property Group, Inc.

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