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Jackson Sales Surge But Country Lags

• July 1, 2009 •
Jackson Sales Surge But Country Lags

The week ending 6/28/09 saw week-over-week (w/w) country sales drop 24% and overall music sales fall 8%. For country it was the week after Fathers Day and the CMT Awards, plus there were no new country CD debuts to give fans an extra reason to shop. For the overall industry, it was the week that […]

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CMT Ratings Continue Upward Trend

• July 1, 2009 •

Coming off ratings wins for premieres of the 2009 CMT Music Awards and The Singing Bee series debut, CMT has wrapped its most-watched second quarter ever among total viewers. According to Nielsen Media Research, the network increased total viewers for both total day (+14%) and primetime (+13%) when compared to the same quarter in 2008, […]

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New Artists Now

• July 1, 2009 •
New Artists Now

MCA Nashville will release David Nail‘s debut album I’m About To Come Alive on Tuesday, August 18. Produced by Frank Liddell and Michael Wrucke, Nail is credited with writing nearly half of the 11-track record. “I think every artist that moves to Nashville has a list of things they hope to achieve, and having a […]

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Music Biz Whiz Kids

• July 1, 2009 •
Music Biz Whiz Kids

There are several familiar names on Music Row among the finalists for the 2009 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs), given out annually by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville. The organizations say the awards are proof of the demographic’s strong leadership, community impact and success. Many of the nominees are members of […]

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Bobby Karl Works The MusicRow Awards

• July 1, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works The MusicRow Awards

The readers have spoken, and they have class. Both Jamey Johnson and James Otto were double winners at this year’s MusicRow awards ceremony. Jamey won the Breakthrough Artist award as well as the Song of the Year prize for “In Color,” co-written with James and Lee Thomas Miller. Because James also co-wrote his big hit […]

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Musical Chairs: W.A.Y. Ent., Republic Nashville

• June 30, 2009 •
Musical Chairs: W.A.Y. Ent., Republic Nashville

Former Sony execs. Jon Elliot and Christian Svendsen have formed W.A.Y. Entertainment, a fully integrated entertainment company. The Nashville-based outfit will specialize in artist management and marketing services, and also offer merchandise and TV production through partnerships with A3 Merchandise and Relay Productions. With combined experience of more than 30 years and backgrounds in promotion, […]

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Whisperin’ Bill Still Making Noise

• June 30, 2009 •
Whisperin' Bill Still Making Noise

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson was already having a wonderful vacation when he received a phone call from Terry Wakefield at Sony/ATV that made his trip that much better. Wakefield let him know the status of two of Anderson’s co-writes: Sugarland‘s “Joey” hit the national country charts at No. 50 yesterday (6/29), and today (6/30) Brad Paisley […]

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Brotherly Love w/ Bellamys & Bacons; Plus Artist LifeNotes

• June 30, 2009 •
Brotherly Love w/ Bellamys & Bacons; Plus Artist LifeNotes

The Bellamy Brothers have released a new single and video with The Bacon Brothers titled “Guilty of the Crime.” The song is currently in medium rotation on CMT Pure and featured worldwide on CMT.com. Directed by Laura Lyness, the video was shot in a single day inside a prison in Memphis.  The video features both […]

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Lady A Added To Now! 31 Pop Comp

• June 30, 2009 •
Lady A Added To Now! 31 Pop Comp

Lady Antebellum’s current Top 5 single “I Run to You” has been added to the upcoming Now! 31 compilation disc scheduled to be released June 30. The Capitol Nashville trio is the only country act on this latest in a series of discs, part of the long-running Now That’s What I Call Music series that […]

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Browser Battles—FireFox Launches 3.5

• June 30, 2009 •
Browser Battles—FireFox Launches 3.5

While it might be easy to wave aside upgrades in surf technology as being unconnected to the entertainment industry, it would be an over simplification and a mistake. The browser opens our window to the online world, the growing point of contact between artists and fans, plus buyers and sellers of; tickets, music files, merchandise […]

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Artists Celebrate Summer on Field and Water

• June 30, 2009 •
Artists Celebrate Summer on Field and Water

Last month’s Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge, held each year in conjunction with CMA Music Festival, raised over $100,000 for City of Hope’s research, treatment and education for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Grand Ole Opry team defeated the After Midnite team. Stepping up to the plate to help the charity were notable Nashvillians and […]

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Kristofferson Named BMI Icon, Awards Date Set

• June 30, 2009 •
Kristofferson Named BMI Icon, Awards Date Set

Kris Kristofferson will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. music rights organization’s 57th annual Country Awards. Slated for Tuesday, November 10 in Nashville, the black-tie, invitation-only gala will celebrate the songwriters of the past year’s most-performed country songs from the BMI catalog. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Nashville […]

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821 Grows the Hollywood-Nashville Connection

• June 29, 2009 •
821 Grows the Hollywood-Nashville Connection

821 Entertainment, the Music City company headed by Pres. Anastasia Brown and CEO Eric Geadelmann, has optioned the film rights to one of John Grisham’s biggest bestsellers. That project, along with the company’s upcoming Roy Rogers trilogy, will offer many possibilities for the use of Nashville music, says 821 COO Graham Chalfant. Grisham has been […]

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CMA Fest To Rock TV, First Awards Ballot Coming

• June 29, 2009 •
CMA Fest To Rock TV, First Awards Ballot Coming

Country Music takes center stage when CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs Monday, Aug. 31 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Filmed in Nashville June 11-14, the special has been expanded to three hours. Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland and Taylor Swift are the first performers […]

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Revolving Door: Stoney Creek, Sony, LifeNotes

• June 29, 2009 •
Revolving Door: Stoney Creek, Sony, LifeNotes

Stoney Creek Records, the new label founded by Broken Bow owner Benny Brown, has signed Ash Bowers. and is planning the release of his first album. The Buddy Cannon produced project contains seven songs penned by Bowers, as well as the new single, “Stuck,” which was written by Billy Montana and Frank Myers and goes […]

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Richard Marx Catalogue Acquired By Chrysalis

• June 29, 2009 •
Richard Marx Catalogue Acquired By Chrysalis

Chrysalis Music Group USA has finalized an agreement to purchase the catalogue of renowned writer/artist Richard Marx. Among his most recent hits was the 2008 song “Everybody,” which was written with and performed by Keith Urban. Marx has been an internationally known singer/songwriter/producer for over 20 years. In addition to selling over 30 million records […]

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CMT Awards Draw Top Execs

• June 29, 2009 •
CMT Awards Draw Top Execs

The 2009 CMT Music Awards aired live from Nashville’s Sommet Center on June 16. Many of MTV Network’s top brass came to town to mingle with Nashville executives and artists at the event.

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Monday Morning Rundown- WB, Ray Price, Platinum Plaques, AMA, Alana Grace

• June 29, 2009 •
Monday Morning Rundown- WB, Ray Price, Platinum Plaques, AMA, Alana Grace

Country singer Ray Price underwent surgery on June 23 to remove precancerous polyps from his colon. Doctors say the operation was a complete success and he is making a slow, steady recovery with the help of family and friends, especially his wife Janie. ————————— The Hannah Montana soundtrack was the only Country album which received […]

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Friday Fun: Festivals, Craig Morgan, Sugarland and More

• June 26, 2009 •
Friday Fun: Festivals, Craig Morgan, Sugarland and More

Organizers have confirmed a major new country music festival in Baton Rouge, to be held Memorial Day Weekend 2010 (May 29-30, 2010) at the LSU Tiger Stadium. The brains behind the event are heavy hitters Festival Productions, Inc.–New Orleans (which produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival), AEG Live and The Messina Group. It […]

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Keni Thomas

• June 26, 2009
Keni Thomas

“Gunslinger” RBM/Tenacity “…this seriously rocks.” —Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow MySpace Song Plays: 210,000 MySpace Views: 175,000 MySpace Friends: 6500 “Gunslinger,” the infectious title track from Keni Thomas’s new album, is featured on this year’s CMA Music Fest Sampler and available for over 100,000 free downloads through September 2009. The new single, written by Thomas, is […]

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