Founder and longtime President of New West Records Cameron Strang has joined Warner/Chappell Music as CEO. New West GM Michael Ruthig will assume the label’s daily operations responsibilities. In this role he will continue to oversee domestic and international sales, with a more active role in Production and A&R. Prior to joining New West, Ruthig [...]
Solid reviews are coming in for Country Strong, which is already showing at the Carmike 20 in Franklin, Tenn. and is slated for a wide release on Friday, Jan. 7. Many critics are saying the movie is carried by strong performances by Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. The LA Times finds “down-home comfort” in the [...]
According to market research company Nielsen (1/3/11), the Apple iPhone operating system remains the top mobile OS in the US enjoying a 28.6% market share. Closely following the Cupertino giant is Google’s Android system with 25.8%. Blackberry, once the top dog in the mobile platform race, slides from 33% in June 2010 to 26.1% in [...]
On December 18, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated the 90th birthday of Little Jimmy Dickens, a 62-year Opry veteran. Opry member and Dickens’ good friend Brad Paisley led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” as Opry members Jeannie Seely, Bill Anderson and Jim Ed Brown rolled out his birthday cake. Earlier in the evening, Paisley [...]
Toby Keith made a surprise visit to his I Love This Bar & Grill at Mesa Riverview in Arizona for New Years Eve where he performed a handful of songs to ring in the New Year including “Whiskey Girl,” ”I Love This Bar,” “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” as well [...]
Facebook has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies in a deal which values the social networking company at $50 billion. According to this latest figure, Facebook is worth more than eBay, Yahoo and Time Warner. With rumors circulating about a 2012 public offering for Facebook, Goldman Sachs is expected [...]
Attendance at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena hit an all-time high in December. Twenty-two separate events, including nine sold-out Garth Brooks shows, drew 334,917 guests to the venue, making December the most attended month since the venue opened in 1996. In addition to Brooks’ shows, which were record setting in themselves, the venue hosted seven Nashville Predators [...]
The Academy of Country Music continues to refine its hybrid voting which polls both fans and industry professionals. For the organization’s 46th Annual Country Music Awards—slated for April 3, 2011—Newcomer categories will again be opened up to fan voting through VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM. This is the third year that ACM and Great American Country have [...]
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will perform a solo show at the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, Texas on Jan. 15, to benefit Attic Community Playground, a non-profit organization supporting the performing arts. Jack Ingram will open the show. Proceeds will go to the Ponder High School Band and Choir Program in Ponder, Texas, and the [...]
Veteran radio exec Charlie Cook is starting the new year as Director of Programming and Brand Management for West Virginia Radio Corporation. The outfit operates 26 properties in West Virginia and Maryland. He will be based out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Morgantown, WV. Cook’s 27-year career most recently includes time as programmer and [...]
As we look back at 2010, we see that we have lost some enormous musical talents. Country Music Hall of Fame members Carl Smith and Jimmy Dean passed on, as did Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Hank Cochran. Our r&b community lost Bobby Hebb; our pop scene lost Owsley; and our jazz community lost Dennis Taylor. Studio instrumental greats Ben Keith and Fred Carter Jr. are gone, as are hit songwriters Ronny Scaife, George Richey and Linda Hargrove. Slim Bryant, the last living link to Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, died at age 101. Here is a remembrance of some of those who passed away during 2010.
Over the holidays Shania Twain got married and Dierks Bentley welcomed a new baby. Click for more.
Rockhouse Live has been announced as a new division and proprietary technology platform for technology-based entertainment agency, Rockhouse Partners. the Nashville-based firm’s new offering is intended to help live entertainment properties sell more tickets. According to Rockhouse, “The new division will act as an entertainment marketing agency and leverage a technology product that includes a [...]
Tim McGraw will take his band the Dancehall Doctors back on the road for the Emotional Traffic Tour this spring. Special guests Luke Bryan and The Band Perry will join McGraw for the tour, which is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. No dates have been announced yet, but the full itinerary is expected to be revealed [...]