During his lifetime Chet Atkins bestowed the title of Certified guitar Player on just four guitar pickers; Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, the late Jerry Reed, and Steve Wariner. At a program Saturday marking the opening of the new Chet Atkins exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum®, Atkins’ daughter Merle asked Steve [...]
Taylor Swift received six surfboards at last night’s (8/7) Teen Choice Awards, including the Ultimate Choice Award, the ceremony’s most prestigious honor. In her first time attending the ceremony, she walked away the evening’s biggest winner, bringing her total career Teen Choice wins to 13—known to fans as the singer’s lucky number—and becoming the most-honored [...]
Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth will co-host the 2nd Annual American Country Awards, live from Las Vegas, Dec. 5 on FOX. Adkins returns to host the youngest of the nationallly televised country award shows and the only one that allows fans to vote in traditional and new categories such as touring. Adkins, a Grand Ole [...]
The UK has announced sweeping changes to its intellectual property laws in response to a comprehensive analysis delivered last May titled, “Digital Opportunity: an Independent Review of IP and Growth.” An official UK government communication characterizes the report,
The Academy of Country Music has tapped Joe Nichols to host the 5th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The event will take place Mon., Sept. 19 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This is Nichols’ [...]
Taylor Swift will receive the Ultimate Choice Award during the upcoming Teen Choice Awards. It is the show’s highest honor and past recipients include Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Reese Witherspoon. Swift is a multiple nominee at the Aug. 7 event airing on FOX. See nominations here. Voting for the show runs through Aug. 5. [...]
The RIAA has announced its June 2011 certifications and Nashville artists are well represented in both album and digital download categories…but balancing the RIAA criteria between physical sales and digital sales is confusing.
The Band Perry’s latest hit “You Lie” has earned Gold certification from the RIAA for 500,000-plus paid downloads. This is the first single and hit for songwriters Aaron, Brian and Clara Henningsen. “‘You Lie’ is full of spitfire and it’s our high-five to everyone who’s been the victim of a cheatin’ heart,” explains The Band Perry. [...]