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Colt Ford

• March 4, 2009
Colt Ford

“Ride Through The Country” (feat. John Michael Montgomery) Average Joes Entertainment Impacting March 19 Colt Ford embodies the seemingly unusual pairing of the Southern country and hip-hop musical influences that he heard growing up in small-town America just outside Athens, Georgia, not far from the Southern hub for urban music in Atlanta. His newly styled […]

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CMA Nashville Schools Gift Tops One Million Dollars

• March 4, 2009 •
CMA Nashville Schools Gift Tops One Million Dollars

The Country Music Association has once again stepped up to donate proceeds from the CMA Music Festival to Nashville public schools, and this year’s contribution — $1,011,294 — is far and away the organizations biggest yet. For the past three years, as part of its “Keep The Music Playing” program, CMA has earmarked profits from […]

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CMT Promotes Philips To President

• March 3, 2009 •
CMT Promotes Philips To President

Press Release—Brian Philips has been promoted to President of CMT, managing the brand’s overall portfolio including CMT, CMT Films, CMT.com, CMT Pure Country and all brand extensions, it was announced today by MTV Networks Music and Logo Group President Van Toffler. Philips formerly held the title of Executive Vice President and General Manager of CMT. […]

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Gloriana (2/2009)

• March 3, 2009 •
Gloriana (2/2009)

Label: Emblem Music Group Forthcoming Album: Self Titled Current Single: “Wild At Heart” Current Video: “Wild At Heart,” filmed in Nashville and directed by Elliot Lester (Jessica Simpson, Jason Mraz, and 30 Seconds to Mars) and executive produced by Kathleen Sigmund and Tamera Brooks. Current Producer: Matt Serletic Band members: Tom Gossin, Vocals/Guitar; Rachel Reinert, […]

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40th CRS Ready To Rock

• March 3, 2009 •
40th CRS Ready To Rock

With tonight’s “unofficial” opening event — the Country Music DJ and Radio hall of Fame dinner honoring longtime WSIX Nashville morning man Gerry House — the 40th Anniversary edition of the Country Radio Seminar is off and running. Additional Hall of Fame honorees include Chuck Collier (DJ Hall of Fame) and Bob McKay and Moon […]

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Can Artists Benefit From Skittles Site Concept?

• March 3, 2009 •
Can Artists Benefit From Skittles Site Concept?

The new Skittles website proves the idea that innovation does not always require the invention of a new wheel. Sometimes it is merely rearranging wheels already available. Developed by Agency.com, Skittles.com is more a social network hub than a static information depot. The new candy company digital address employs a mix of content from Twitter, […]

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Clear Channel Reports $5 Billion Loss

• March 3, 2009 •

CC Media Holdings has reported a $5 billion fourth quarter loss due to a  major change in the value of its assets such as radio licenses and other permits. CC Media Holdings is the vehicle used by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital to privatize Clear Channel Communications last year in what was reportedly […]

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Strait Sells Out Dallas

• March 2, 2009 •
Strait Sells Out Dallas

Create a package with George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough and it should be no surprise that it would sell out a venue even as large as the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. The June 6 concert cleared out all its tickets in exactly one hour for the inaugural event. The new stadium […]

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Lifenotes: Ernie Ashworth, David Lipscomb, Charlie Parker

• March 2, 2009 •
Lifenotes: Ernie Ashworth, David Lipscomb, Charlie Parker

“Talk Back Trembling Lips” Singer Ernie Ashworth Passes Away Grand Ole Opry member and country hitmaker Ernie Ashworth passed away March 2 at the age of 80 in Nashville. Born in Huntsville, Alabama, the singer enjoyed several top 10 singles from the late ‘50s through the ‘60s and wrote songs for artists including Little Jimmy […]

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Jason Aldean Set To Film Hi-Definition Live DVD

• March 2, 2009 •
Jason Aldean Set To Film Hi-Definition Live DVD

With his current single, “She’s Country” currently climbing the charts, Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean will film a live concert in front of a packed house of 4600 fans on Friday, March 6 at Knoxville Coliseum. Produced by Barry Ehrman and driected by Ivan Dudynsky, the DVD will be released later this year. Aldean will spend […]

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Randy Travis to Release “Greatest Hits” March 17

• March 2, 2009 •
Randy Travis to Release "Greatest Hits" March 17

Warner Bros. Records is set to release a Randy Travis greatest hits album on March 17. I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis is a 32-track collection featuring two previously unreleased tracks and including the many hits of Travis’ extensive career, including “Forever and Ever Amen,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” and the album’s […]

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Virgin Stores Shuttering Completely

• March 2, 2009 •

Virgin Entertainment Group North America (VEGNA), owner of the Virgin Megastores as well as three other retail outlets, is expected to close this summer. The company has been working on shuttering its Virgin Megastores in New York City and San Francisco for months. Other retail spaces in Orlando, Denver and Los Angeles will follow soon, […]

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Emerson Drive, Management Part Ways

• February 27, 2009 •
Emerson Drive, Management Part Ways

MusicRow has learned that Canadian/Nashville-based band Emerson Drive has split ways with Big Ride Management. The act had been with Big Ride, headed by Gerry Leiske, for many years, including during its mega-No. 1-hit, “Moments” in 2007. Earlier this year, Emerson Drive, on Midas Records, joined forces with the Valory Music Co. The band’s new […]

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Sugarland Sets Tour Dates Through Fall

• February 27, 2009 •
Sugarland Sets Tour Dates Through Fall

Sugarland has scheduled more than 30 dates for its upcoming run, opening April 10 in hometown Atlanta. The 2009 leg of the duo’s successful Love On The Inside Tour is supporting its platinum-selling third album of the same name. Joining them on the road will be Mercury Nashville labelmate Billy Currington, RCA recording artist Jake […]

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SESAC Celebrates Christian Award Winners

• February 27, 2009 •
SESAC Celebrates Christian Award Winners

SESAC honored Jason Ingram as its 2008 Christian Songwriter of the Year during ceremonies held Monday (2/23) at Nashville’s Sambuca Restaurant. The performing rights organization also named Peertunes Ltd., Grange Hill Music, and Windsor Way Music as 2008 Christian Publishers of the Year. Ingram realized extraordinary success last year with his song “Give Me Your […]

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GAC Web Series Highlights Randy Houser

• February 27, 2009 •
GAC Web Series Highlights Randy Houser

This week GACTV.com premiered the first of its exclusive webisodes featuring Universal Records South’s Randy Houser. The 8-part weekly series, titled The Road Home, follows the rising artist during a trip to his homestate of Mississippi where he visits his old school, childhood home, and the nightclub where he got his start. New webisodes will […]

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Gill Named Honorary Prof., Wraps Artist Residency

• February 26, 2009 •
Gill Named Honorary Prof., Wraps Artist Residency

Vince Gill has had a busy week. On Tuesday night (2/24) he concluded his residency at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and on Wednesday he was recognized as an honorary professor by the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. The final night of his sold-out three-show stint as the Country Music […]

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Parties Fete “Don’t” Songwriters

• February 26, 2009 •
Parties Fete "Don't" Songwriters

Many in the music industry spent Tuesday afternoon (2/24) celebrating Billy Currington’s recent No. 1 hit, “Don’t.” Parties at BMI and ASCAP marked the occasion for the song’s co-writers Jim Beavers and Jonathan Singleton. It is the pair’s second trip to the top of charts together; they also co-wrote Gary Allan’s “Watching Airplanes.”

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Outsourcing Service Propel Music Opens

• February 26, 2009 •
Outsourcing Service Propel Music Opens

Longtime A&R executive Peter Robinson and former publishing executive Alex Heddle have opened Propel Music, which will offer creative outsourcing for music publishing companies, songwriters, and others in the music industry. The company currently provides song pitching and writer management for Jeff Cohen, Greg Crowe, Jenn Schott, Lila McCann and Evie Nicole. Robinson started his […]

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Americana DISClaimer (2/25/09)

• February 26, 2009 •
Americana DISClaimer (2/25/09)

They may call this genre “Americana,” but the Disc of the Day comes from overseas this time. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson have a current CD called Rattlin’ Bones that is a must-own for anyone in love with soulful, mountain-soaked music. My other two favorites in this listening session both came from veterans. It sure […]

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