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Twitterific: MusicRow Debuts Chart, Twitter Stops Fake Accounts

• June 8, 2009 •
Twitterific: MusicRow Debuts Chart, Twitter Stops Fake Accounts

Ever been duped into following a celeb imposter on Twitter? You’re not alone. So the brains behind the microblogging site have begun working on a new feature called “Verified Accounts.” The beta version will debut this summer, with a special seal to help users differentiate between the real and fake Oprah, Brad Paisley, etc. First […]

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Leadership Music Names Class of 2010

• June 5, 2009 •
Leadership Music Names Class of 2010

Fifty-four new members have been selected to participate in the twenty-first annual class of Leadership Music. The annual program is designed to create a forum for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues currently affecting the music industry. “The selection committee, composed of more than 50 Leadership Music alumni from all areas of […]

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Trailer Choir Gets MusicRow Ready For The Weekend

• June 5, 2009 •
Trailer Choir Gets MusicRow Ready For The Weekend

Trailer Choir members Crystal Hoyt, Big Vinny and Butter stopped the MusicRow offices yesterday to talk about their latest single on Show Dog Nashville. They have been promoting the song “Rockin’ The Beer Gut” by sharing beer with press and radio. Front (L-R) Crystal Hoyt, Big Vinny and Butter; Back (L-R) MusicRow’s David Ross, Sarah […]

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TV Time Pays Off

• June 5, 2009 •
TV Time Pays Off

TV time paid off for Lady Antebellum when the band’s weekly album sales doubled following their performance of “I Run To You” on April’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The increase also coincides with the single’s rising popularity on radio. Dolly Parton is set to perform on Sunday night’s Tony Awards on CBS, where she […]

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Cox Promotes Garth Book

• June 5, 2009 •
Cox Promotes Garth Book

Patsi Bale Cox sold out of copies of her new book, The Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country’s Big Boom, at her Davis Kidd booksigning last night. The former Capitol Records staffer, who spent 16 years handling Brooks’ publicity, chronicles his career, the huge popularity surge of country music, boardroom drama, and more in the […]

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Shane Allen Joins Capitol As VP Promotion

• June 5, 2009 •
Shane Allen Joins Capitol As VP Promotion

Capitol Records Nashville has named Shane Allen Vice President, Promotion and will report directly to Steve Hodges, Senior Vice President Promotion. Before his recent stint at GHM/Red Light Management, industry veteran Allen was Capitol Record Nashville’s VP Radio Strategies and Field Marketing. “I’m extremely excited to be returning to Capitol Nashville in this capacity, and […]

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Universal Republic, Big Machine Launch Republic Nashville

• June 5, 2009 •
Universal Republic, Big Machine Launch Republic Nashville

Big Machine Records and Universal Republic have combined resources to form the new label Republic Nashville, which will be run by President Jimmy Harnen and headquartered on Music Row. Republic Nashville’s inaugural roster will include honky tonkin’ singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney and new country duo Fast Ryde, among other artists. A major staff announcement regarding the […]

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S1 Songs Makes Significant Acquisition

• June 4, 2009 •
S1 Songs Makes Significant Acquisition

S1 Songs has acquired the song catalogs, plus future works, of Brett Beavers, Shaye Smith and Don Rollins, and also purchased an interest in the smash hit singles “Whiskey Lullaby” recorded by Brad Paisley and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” recorded by Alan Jackson. The Nashville office of S1 is headed by Sr. VP/GM Pat Finch. […]

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Lifenotes: Danny Petraitis (Updated)

• June 4, 2009 •
Lifenotes: Danny Petraitis (Updated)

Funeral service will be Sunday, June 7th, 2 PM at Benton Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus. A celebration and visitation will follow at nearby St. Augustine’s Chapel, 200 24th Ave. S. This will be a pot luck celebration and people will be at the chapel to accept dishes or beverages from those who would like […]

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Sony Onboard With eMusic

• June 4, 2009 •

Back catalog from Sony Music Entertainment will soon be available on popular download site eMusic. This is the first major label to partner with the retailer known largely for indie music. eMusic boasts about 400,000 subscribers who can download a set number of MP3s each month in exchange for a monthly fee. Following the agreement […]

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Artist Exposure Comes Through Many Platforms

• June 4, 2009 •
Artist Exposure Comes Through Many Platforms

From traditional TV tie-ins to unique games for fans, artist handlers have come up with numerous ways to connect with audiences this summer. Martina McBride’s latest single “I Just Call You Mine” is getting a lot of exposure through NBC’s Today show. The song, written by Ty Lacy, Jess Clayton Cates, and Dennis Matkosky, is […]

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DISClaimer (5/15/09)

• June 4, 2009 •
DISClaimer (5/15/09)

There are 10 records here, but only one really matters. Eric Heatherly has more talent than any man ought to be allowed. He writes incredibly addictive songs. He sings like an angel and plays guitar like the devil. His rhythmic sense is impeccable. On top of everything else, he’s a superb showman. He also has […]

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Pop-Rock DISClaimer (5/15/09)

• June 4, 2009 •
Pop-Rock DISClaimer (5/15/09)

As usual, there is plenty going on in Nashville’s pop-rock community. The gals, in particular, are rocking the joint. Veteran Jonell Mosser leads a grooving group that also includes Disc of the Day winner Erin McCarley and excellent newcomer Susan Hartman. The DisCovery Award, however, goes to the guys of Kindercastle. Both Kindercastle and Jonell […]

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DISClaimer (5/8/09)

• June 4, 2009 •
DISClaimer (5/8/09)

It’s a left-field kinda day. Despite the presence of a number of marquee names in this week’s reviewing stack, the award winners are the lesser knowns. Up-and-comer Holly Williams lands her first Disc of the Day honor. By the way, her excellent last single (”Keep the Change”) was not co-written by her sister, but rather […]

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Festival Fundraiser Memorializes Steele’s Son

• June 4, 2009 •
Festival Fundraiser Memorializes Steele's Son

The Alex LeVasseur Memorial Skate and Music Festival—the third annual event hosted by songwriter Jeffrey Steele and his family—is set for Sunday, June 28 at Jim Warren Park in Franklin, Tenn. Proceeds will benefit the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund of The Community Foundation, and its scholarship program to motivate kids. The free festival opens at […]

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Strait Adds To Platinum Tally

• June 4, 2009 •
Strait Adds To Platinum Tally

George Strait’s latest, Troubadour, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, bringing his career total to 33 different Platinum or multi-Platinum albums—more than any other Country artist. Strait ranks third in all genres, behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. More good news for Strait came this morning when SoundScan reported a more than 300% […]

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Grammy Changes Reflect Growth of Americana Music

• June 3, 2009 •
Grammy Changes Reflect Growth of Americana Music

In what Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly calls a “huge shift in the musical landscape,” The Recording Academy announced today that it has changed the name of the Grammy Awards “Folk Field” to the “American Roots Music Field.” The newly renamed Field will now include the Best Traditional Blues Album, Best Contemporary Blues […]

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Competition Heats Up on CMT and at Puckett’s

• June 3, 2009 •
Competition Heats Up on CMT and at Puckett's

Ten final groups have been selected to compete in CMT’s Can You Duet. They will perform weekly at the Wildhorse Saloon, in front of  host Lance Smith and expert judge/mentors Naomi Judd, Big Kenny, and Big Machine Records Pres. and CEO Scott Borchetta, vying for a recording contract with Big Machine. The show premieres Sat., […]

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Good First Week For Montgomery Gentry

• June 3, 2009 •
Good First Week For Montgomery Gentry

Montgomery Gentry‘s new Cracker Barrel exclusive album sold over 25,900 copies since its release last week. For Our Heroes set the restaurant chain’s record for first week CD sales, nudging out the previous record holder,  Alison Krauss’ 2005 release, Home On The Highways. In addition to being one of the top ten country albums for […]

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Big Loud Party

• June 3, 2009 •
Big Loud Party

On May 28 the staff of Big Loud Shirt Industries hosted their annual carnival-themed “parking lot” party. Complete with hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and ring pops, most people flocked to the balloon-hat makers for their own unique party favor. More than 300 Music Row friends showed up to party with celebrated songwriter and Big […]

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