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Dozier Leads Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Class

• June 18, 2009 •
Dozier Leads Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Class

Earlier this week the crowd at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Class was treated to a very special, intimate evening of stories about the wonder years of Motown Records and the origination of some of the many hits written by Lamont Dozier and the powerhouse songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland (H-D-H). H-D-H were credited with creating […]

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Industry Turns Out To Support Artists At Music Fest

• June 18, 2009 •
Industry Turns Out To Support Artists At Music Fest

Ashton Shepherd celebrated her CMA Music Festival appearance last week with her team members such as reps from CAA, Cherry Heart Entertainment, and Flood Bumstead McCready McCarthy. Pictured: Rondal Richardson, Mallori Kirchenschlager, Stan Barnett, Julie Boos, Rod Essig, Ashton Shepherd, John Huie, Blake McDaniel, Rob Light, Darin Murphy, Gratton Stephens, Brad Bissell, Shelby Kennedy and […]

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Country Gals Cover Shape Magazine

• June 18, 2009 •
Country Gals Cover Shape Magazine

LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride and Julianne Hough will be on the cover of the July issue of Shape magazine. Inside, the bikini-clad babes tell how they get (and keep) those fab bodies. Among the topics, McBride shares her fascination with nutrition and how she encourages her husband and daughters to eat healthily. She also discusses […]

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String of Events Benefit Darryl Worley Foundation

• June 18, 2009 •
String of Events Benefit Darryl Worley Foundation

Darryl Worley is hosting a series of fundraisers for his namesake charitable foundation, with the second event scheduled for July 13 at the Bumpus Harley-Davidson dealership in Murfreesboro. For “Hitmakers & Harleys” Worley will be joined by Walt Aldridge (Heartland’s “I Loved Her First,” Ronnie Milsap’s “No Getting’ Over Me”), Jim “Moose” Brown (“It’s Five […]

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DISClaimer (6/5/09)

• June 18, 2009 •
DISClaimer (6/5/09)

Sometimes the veterans can surprise you. Just when I thought I might be “over” Brooks & Dunn, along comes a single like “Indian Summer.” They wrote it. They produced it. And it’s the freshest sounding thing they’ve put out in years. Give those vets a Disc of the Day. Actually, there was quite a bit […]

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DISClaimer (5/27/09)

• June 18, 2009 •
DISClaimer (5/27/09)

You’d think everyone else would turn tail and flee the field. With a new Bob Dylan album in the Americana music mix, everyone else should pack it in, right? Well, Dylan may have the Disc of the Day, but the current collections by Buddy & Julie Miller, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper and Jesse Winchester […]

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CMHF Hosts Elvis Costello Program

• June 18, 2009 •
CMHF Hosts Elvis Costello Program

Elvis Costello treated patrons at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum to a special interview on Monday (6/15).  Costello discussed his ties to Music City, from his 1979 pairing with George Jones to his current album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, which was recorded in Nashville with an all-star cast of musicians.  During the […]

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Music, Film Align on NaFF Board

• June 18, 2009 •
Music, Film Align on NaFF Board

Members of the music industry are film fans too, with several devoting time to the Nashville Film Festival by serving on the Board of Directors. Todd Cassetty, owner of Hi-Fi Fusion, and Julie Boos, business manager at Flood, Bumstead, McCready and McCarthy, Inc., have been named president and vice-president, respectively, of the 2009-10 Nashville Film […]

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Gulf Between Country Haves & Have-Nots Widens

• June 17, 2009 •

The sales gulf between country’s “haves” and “have-nots” continues to widen. For the week ended 6/14/09 the Top 10 on country’s Top 75 Current Album chart accounted for 58.5% of the week’s charted sales, a total 404,523 units. In fact, the Top 6 titles rack up 45%! This means that sales are extremely concentrated among […]

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Newsflash: Teens Love Taylor, Miley and Carrie

• June 17, 2009 •
Newsflash: Teens Love Taylor, Miley and Carrie

Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus are among the nominees for the popular Teen Choice 2009 Awards. The star laden show catering to the coveted demographic will air Aug. 10 on Fox, honoring everything from music, TV, and film, to favorite athletes, celebrity babies and celeb pets. There isn’t a Country category, so the […]

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Canyon, Farrell, Pritchett To Play Canadian CMA Awards

• June 17, 2009 •
Canyon, Farrell, Pritchett To Play Canadian CMA Awards

George Canyon, Jessie Farrell and Aaron Pritchett will perform at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards, to be held Sept. 13 in Vancouver, BC. This year’s CCMA Award nominees will be announced at a media conference in Toronto, ON, on Wed., July 29. Canyon is a multiple CCMA Award winner, and two-time JUNO Award winner […]

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DISClaimer (5/22/09)

• June 17, 2009 •
DISClaimer (5/22/09)

It’s a holiday weekend and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s just get on with it. Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off of summer. It will come as no surprise to any of you that Kenny Chesney’s Disc of the Day is the season’s first soundtrack tune. We had a lot […]

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Tech Tidbits: MySpace, Twitter, Godin

• June 17, 2009 •

MySpace has announced layoffs of approximately 30% of its staff totaling about 420 workers. After the cuts, the social networking site, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, will retain a staff of almost 1,000. “Simply put, our staffing levels were bloated and hindered our ability to be an efficient and nimble team-oriented company,” stated Chief […]

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Bonnaroo Attendance Up From 2008

• June 17, 2009 •
Bonnaroo Attendance Up From 2008

Early estimates project that 75,000 people attended Bonnaroo last weekend in Manchester, Tenn. This is an increase from 70,000 in 2008, and just shy of the 80,000 tickets that would sell out the festival. Producers Ashley Capps of A.C. Entertainment, and Jonathan Mayers of Superfly Presents, arranged for about 125 acts this year, and are […]

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Paisley, Swift Big Winners At CMT Music Awards

• June 16, 2009 •
Paisley, Swift Big Winners At CMT Music Awards

Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift emerged as the biggest winners with three and two trophies, respectively, at last night’s 2009 CMT Music Awards. Paisley took home top honors for Male Video of the Year (“Waitin’ On A Woman”), Collaborative Video of the Year (“Start A Band” with Keith Urban), and CMT Performance of the Year, […]

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Legends Toast Hank Cochran

• June 16, 2009 •
Legends Toast Hank Cochran

Living legends gathered to salute iconic songwriter Hank Cochran Monday, June 15 at BMI’s Music Row offices. Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Dean Dillon, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Gene Watson, Red Lane, and Whitey Shafer took turns delivering acoustic versions of Hank Cochran classics, while guests including Elvis Costello, Cowboy Jack Clement, Jeannie Seely, Dallas […]

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2009 CMT Music Awards Street Closures

• June 16, 2009 •

2009 CMT Music Awards street closures: –5th Avenue (Broadway to Demonbreun): This section of 5th Avenue will remain closed from 8:00 PM on Sunday, June 14th through 6:00 AM on Wednesday, June 17th. –Demonbreun (West bound from 4th to 6th Avenues): This section of Demonbreun will be closed from 10:00 AM on Monday, June 15 […]

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Updated: Nashville Prepping For Tonight’s CMT Awards

• June 16, 2009 •
Updated: Nashville Prepping For Tonight's CMT Awards

Updated 2:15 PM: Jamey Johnson will be presented the inaugural Rhapsody Music Without Limits Award on the red carpet at the CMT Awards. The honor is for artists who have the ability to push boundaries with their artistry, exhibiting a willingness to explore and introduce new sounds into an existing music genre. Randy Houser’s hit […]

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Sugarland To Debut CD/DVD Set Exclusively At Walmart

• June 16, 2009 •
Sugarland To Debut CD/DVD Set Exclusively At Walmart

Sugarland will release a special CD/DVD set called Live On The Inside Aug. 4 at Wal-Mart and walmart.com. The package will retail for $12. The DVD, consisting of 16 live tracks and performance footage from their Love On The Inside Tour, was filmed in high-definition in Lexington, Kentucky by director Shaun Silva. Fans will find […]

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Philanthropy Is A Big Part of CMA Music Festival

• June 16, 2009 •
Philanthropy Is A Big Part of CMA Music Festival

The “Be Instrumental” used band instrument drive, organized by the Nashville Alliance for Public Education and CMA during CMA Music Festival, drummed up lots of support for deserving music students and programs in Metro Nashville Public Schools. The level of interest from the community compelled the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to offer […]

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