Kenny Chesney announced his return to the stage for a nine stadium “Goin’ Coastal Tour”. When the four time CMA/ACM Entertainer of the year sets out on the 2011 tour, he will be joined by co-headliners The Zac Brown Band, plus special guests Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker. “With four acts on the bill, we’ve [...]
Big Machine announces it has added Erin D.D. Burr to its publicity department as PR Account Manager. Burr’s primary focus will be the day-to-day facilitation of publicity initiatives for the Republic Nashville label roster, which includes The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Jaron And The Long Road To Love, Sunny Sweeney and SHEL. “I am [...]
The bluegrass label Pinecastle Records has been reactivated by its new owner, physician Dr. Lonnie Lassiter. One of the leading bluegrass imprints, the company was closed last February because of the health issues of its previous owner, Col. Tom Riggs. Lassiter purchased the company from the Riggs family in August, and the label began rebuilding [...]
Music industry pundits at desks across the major music centers will be pounding out the story of Taylor Swift’s great debut week sales numbers—1.047 million! But maybe the real story is how Swift’s success flies in the face of conventional industry wisdom. “Album sales are falling, consumers only want to buy single tracks, piracy has destroyed sales, you can’t compete with free…” These are the current excuses for an industry in dire straits. So how does one explain Swift’s incredible result? What prompted over one million consumers to engage and relate to this young lady from Hendersonville, TN?
Unlike many of the top charting female artists of today, Ms. Swift eschews tabloid behavior and asks fans to focus on her music. With Speak Now she offers an emotion-packed journey bursting with insight into real life events. In some universal way her life contests connect with similar moments that have brushed the fabric of others as well.
The Valory promotion team is traveling across the country letting fans and radio preview the new album from Reba. All The Women I Am lands in stores Nov. 9, and until then the ‘Rate The Reba’ tour is hitting anywhere from 2-5 cities per day. The dates are a mix of VIP listening sessions for [...]
••••Warner Music Nashville hosted its final Pickin’ On The Patio party of the inaugural season last Thursday. Over 300 attendees were treated to a songwriter round with tunesmiths Jim Collins (“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”), Tony Arata (“The Dance”) and Marv Green (“Amazed”), whose demos of these smash hits are featured on the recent Warner [...]
Join Warner Music Nashville at their signature Pickin’ On The Patio event today, Thursday, October 28th. Atlantic Records’ Ty Stone and Reprise Records’ the JaneDear Girls are the featured performers in this incredibly successful inaugural season of Patio shows, which kicked off in May. Past performers include Gloriana, The Invite, Alissa Moreno, Jim Collins, Tony [...]
Broken Bow Records CEO/President Benny Brown has named Rick Shedd Senior Vice President of Operations for Broken Bow Records and Stoney Creek Records, effective immediately. Shedd has been a longtime consultant for the label and will report directly to Brown. Exiting the label is Executive Vice Pres./General Manager Jim Yerger. “Over the last decade, Rick [...]
Taylor Swift‘s upcoming Speak Now is earning early raves from critics before the October 25th release date. Swift’s highly-anticipated third album will be released by Big Machine Records in over 40 countries. The Hollywood Reporter calls the album “brilliant” and The New York Times states that Speak Now is “The most musically diverse [album] of [...]
There are many ways to measure country music sales, but it all boils down to the fundamental question, how big is my slice of the pie? So first let’s talk about the overall pizza pie and then we’ll address some of the recent slices being cut up and handed out. (Source: Nielsen Soundscan.) For the [...]
Republic Nashville went “Ape” today after hearing that The Band Perry’s new release scanned a total of 52,500 albums this week. There’s no way to tell who is wearing the monkey suits, but note that Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen and Big Machine Founder/CEO Scott Borchetta both seem to curiously be missing???? TBP debuted on [...]
The original songwriter demos to some of country music’s biggest hits are being released today by Warner Bros. Records. Some of Nashville’s best songwriters are represented in the two-volume series. And the CD/digital booklet for Original Songwriter Demos contains the stories behind each hit as told by the writers. It is available online at www.originalsongwriterdemos.com as well [...]