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WMG/EMI—Here Comes The Bride, again??

• May 21, 2009 •

What do Clear Channel and Terra Firma have in common? They both purchased assets that have declined greatly in value and as a result are struggling to satisfy debt loads that are difficult to support given the current business climate. Terra Firma, which purchased EMI two years ago for $4.7 billion is under stress to […]

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Warner/Chappell Signs James Otto

• May 21, 2009 •
Warner/Chappell Signs James Otto

Warner/Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has announced a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner Bros. Records artist James Otto, Song of the Year winner at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards and a two-time 2008 Grammy Award nominee. Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell Music will co-publish and administer the majority of […]

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Post Holiday Sales Drag Totals

• May 21, 2009 •

Let’s view our SoundScan update this week from 10,000 feet and then drill down into a few areas for a closer look. The addition of the Hannah Montana soundtrack to the country albums chart, plus recent releases from Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban worked wonders to prop what earlier in the year was […]

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Wariner Picks for Atkins Education Fund

• May 21, 2009 •
Wariner Picks for Atkins Education Fund

Grammy-winning artist Steve Wariner will perform a benefit concert for the Chet Atkins Music Education Fund on Tuesday, July 7, at 7:00 PM/CT at the Loveless Barn at the Loveless Cafe. The concert will feature songs from Wariner’s forthcoming CD, Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins, as well as some of his greatest […]

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Bluebird To Hold Miller Harris Foundation Benefit

• May 21, 2009 •
Bluebird To Hold Miller Harris Foundation Benefit

On May 26, the Bluebird Cafe will host the Miller Harris Foundation Benefit Concert on May 26. The legendary venue will present two shows to benefit the Foundation, a private nonprofit organization established in 2002 by family and friends of Miller Harris, who died tragically from an asthmatic attack in September of 1999 while preparing […]

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Swift Wins BMI President’s Award

• May 21, 2009 •
Swift Wins BMI President’s Award

Taylor Swift attended BMI’s 57th Annual Pop Awards in Los Angeles, where she enjoyed a prestigious surprise. In addition to earning a BMI Pop Award for her crossover hit, “Teardrops on My Guitar,” Swift received the BMI President’s Award, which honors an exceptional individual in the entertainment industry deserving of special recognition. The BMI President’s […]

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Americana Awards Nominees Announced

• May 20, 2009 •
Americana Awards Nominees Announced

The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for the trade organization’s 2009 Honors and Awards ceremony today (5/20), at its annual celebration at BMI Nashville. The show, in its eighth year, will be held September 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Legendary Mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush, joined by rising star Phoebe Hunt, member […]

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WSM AM To Air “This Is My America” Special

• May 20, 2009 •
WSM AM To Air "This Is My America" Special

650 WSM AM will celebrate Memorial Day by airing a This Is My America Special celebrating the writers and performers from This Is My America, including Billy Dean, Jenny Gill, J Fred Knobloch and Sarah Majors. An epic concept album, This Is My America is a three-disc set of original material that captures the spirit […]

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Bobby Karl Works Jamey Johnson Gold Party—Chapter 309

• May 20, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works Jamey Johnson Gold Party—Chapter 309

(L-R): Brian Wright, UMG Nashville VP A&R; Luke Lewis, UMG Nashville Chairman/CEO; Jamey Johnson; Hank Cochran; Cowboy Jack Clement; and Buddy Cannon. The Gold good old days are back. “This looks like a good turnout; I haven’t been to one of these in a long time,” said Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys. Neither […]

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Messina’s Road Race Helps St. Jude

• May 20, 2009 •
Messina's Road Race Helps St. Jude

Curb artist Jo Dee Messina and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean lead over 800 runners on Saturday (5/16), in the rain-soaked inaugural Music Row Road Race benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The race and Messina’s headline concert at the Wildhorse Saloon that same evening raised $100,000 for the Hospital. Messina treated fans at a […]

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Sony/ATV Nashville’s Berschback Promoted

• May 20, 2009 •
Sony/ATV Nashville’s Berschback Promoted

Duff Berschback has been promoted to VP of Business Affairs at Sony/ATV Nashville. Berschback joined Sony/ATV Nashville in January 2007 as Senior Director of Business Affairs after six years as an entertainment attorney with his own Nashville-based private practice. Bershback will report directly to Sony/ATV Nashville’s President/CEO, Troy Tomlinson, and is responsible for all contract […]

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Holly Williams Readies Debut

• May 20, 2009 •
Holly Williams Readies Debut

Holly Williams‘ Mercury Nashville debut, Here With Me, is scheduled for release June 16. Williams, the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr. and daughter of Hank, Jr., penned the majority of the album’s 11 tracks and co-produced with Justin Niebank and Tony Brown. Current single, “Mama,” was written for her mom as a Mother’s Day gift. […]

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Adkins Joins Nat’l Memorial Day Concert

• May 20, 2009 •
Adkins Joins Nat’l Memorial Day Concert

Trace Adkins will join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna and an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists for the National Memorial Day Concert, honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The top-rated […]

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Guitar Auction to Benefit Opry Trust Fund

• May 19, 2009 •
Guitar Auction to Benefit Opry Trust Fund

The inaugural edition of the Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction to benefit the Opry Trust Fund will take place Friday, June 12 at 2 PM at the Ryman Auditorium. The event will offer fans in town for CMA Music Festival the opportunity to bid on Epiphone acoustic guitars decorated by country stars and visual […]

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Source Foundation Honorees

• May 19, 2009 •
Source Foundation Honorees

SOURCE, Music Row’s executive women’s group, held a luncheon May 14 for the 2009 honorees who will be feted at the Source Foundation Awards, July 30. Plaques commemorating the outstanding careers of the honorees will permanently hang in the Source Room, located within the Musicians Hall of Fame Museum. This years honorees are Joyce Jackson, […]

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Shea Fisher Signs With Stroudavarious

• May 19, 2009 •
Shea Fisher Signs With Stroudavarious

James Stroud, CEO of Stroudavarious Records, has announced the signing of Australia native Shea Fisher to a recording agreement covering worldwide territories outside her home country. Fisher’s self-titled album, produced by Richard Landis and Steve Forde, debuted in the Top 10 on Australia’s ARIA Country Chart last month. The Trey Fanjoy-directed music video for her […]

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Gospel’s “First Lady” Passes

• May 19, 2009 •
Gospel’s “First Lady” Passes

Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Eva Mae LeFevre, known as “The First Lady of Gospel Music,” died Monday (5/18), at age 91. She played piano, sang alto and was the emcee in the long-running gospel group The LeFevre Trio (later billed as The LeFevre Family and The LeFevres). She was born Eva Mae Whittington […]

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1720 Entertainment to Acquire Rock PR

• May 19, 2009 •
1720 Entertainment to Acquire Rock PR

Nashville- and Atlanta-based artist development company 1720 Entertainment, whose roster of clients includes country artists Jamie O’Neal, Rissi Palmer and Stevie Walker, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement in principle to acquire an equity stake in New York-based entertainment and media branding company Rock PR Media. 1720 will acquire equity in […]

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CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

• May 19, 2009 •
CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

With over 2.5 million votes cast to determine the final nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, country duo Sugarland holds the lead with five final nominations. Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are next in line with four nominations each. Newcomers Lady Antebellum score their first nominations with three, along with Rascal Flatts. The announcements […]

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Industry News: Time Jumpers, Chesney, Montgomery Gentry and More

• May 18, 2009 •
Industry News: Time Jumpers, Chesney, Montgomery Gentry and More

Time Jumpers In the Times Sunday’s (5/16), New York Times ran a feature story on Nashville’s Time Jumpers and the band’s legendary Monday night shows at the Station Inn. Times writer Peter Applebome profiled the stellar players and packed houses that distinguish this weekly musical gathering, referring to the Station Inn as a “low-ceilinged dive” […]

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