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LifeNotes: Scotty Turner

• February 18, 2009 •
LifeNotes: Scotty Turner

A Nashville memorial service was held this morning, Feb. 18, for the multi-faceted music industry figure Scotty Turner. Nashville Association of Talent Directors president Rod Harris announced Turner’s death at the NATD’s monthly meeting last week. Turner was a musician, record producer, label executive, music publisher and songwriter. Early in his career, he was the […]

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Wicks Scores Dr. Pepper Sponsorship

• February 18, 2009 •
Wicks Scores Dr. Pepper Sponsorship

Chuck Wicks has signed a year-long sponsorship agreement with Dr. Pepper to support the brand’s Academy of Country Music Awards promotion. As part of the deal, the RCA Nashville artist will be featured online and on in-store promotional materials at major retailers nationwide. Dr. Pepper will also bring Wicks to select retail locations for album […]

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Flatts Sell Out Famed Venue For Third Time

• February 18, 2009 •
Flatts Sell Out Famed Venue For Third Time

With last week’s success of the Rascal Flatts concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the band became the first country act to sell out the famous venue three consecutive times. They have played there on the last three tours: 2006’s Me & My Gang Tour, 2007’s Still Feels Good Tour and this […]

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Sony Promotes Britta Coleman

• February 17, 2009 •
Sony Promotes Britta Coleman

Britta Coleman has been promoted to the newly created position of Manager, Marketing Operations for Sony Music Nashville. The 16-year company veteran most recently served as Manager, Label Operations for the label group’s BNA Records. Her longtime work within the BNA promotion department dates back to the research leading to the imprint’s 1991 launch. As […]

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Strait Set For Stadium Opening

• February 17, 2009 •
Strait Set For Stadium Opening

George Strait will headline the grand opening of the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium on June 6. “I grew up in South Texas and have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan,” says the recent Grammy winner who will share the bill that day with Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough. The $1.1 billion facility […]

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Nashville TV Ties

• February 17, 2009 •

Four singers with Nashville connections are among American Idol‘s 36 remaining contestants this season. The Tennessean reports Ann Marie Boskovich, Kristen McNamara, Brent Keith and Ricky Braddy are either mid-state natives or currently reside here. The show airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 PM/CT on Fox. ••••• Also at Fox: Nashville’s Fox 17 WZTV is […]

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Sirius XM Receives Loan, Avoids Bankruptcy

• February 17, 2009 •

Sirius XM Radio is avoiding bankruptcy through a $530 million loan from Liberty Media, the company which owns DirecTV and television outlets including QVC and Discovery. In exchange for the money, Sirius is giving Liberty 40 percent of its common stock as well as seats on its board of directors. The loan will be used […]

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Gaylord Drops 180 in Nashville

• February 16, 2009 •

[Update 2/16; 9 pm] Gaylord has now announced it will reduce 3.5% of its workforce nationwide, cutting about 350 jobs. 180 positions will be eliminated in Nashville. According to the Fort Worth, Texas Star-Telegram, Gaylord Entertainment laid off 30 full-time people today (2/16) from its resort in Grapevine, Texas. The property has a workforce of […]

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Rates Set For Radio Station Streaming

• February 16, 2009 •

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and SoundExchange have reached an agreement on streaming rates for local radio stations that simulcast online or that have other Internet stations. For 2009-10 these rates will be reduced by about 16%, then they will gradually increase through 2015. In 2009 the rate will be $0.0015 per streamed sound […]

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Sirius XM Creditors Consider Ejecting Chief

• February 16, 2009 •
Sirius XM Creditors Consider Ejecting Chief

Sirius XM Radio chief executive Mel Karmazin may be removed from his post by creditors if the company files for bankruptcy instead of making a deal to remain operational, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among the satcaster’s options to stay afloat are making deals with either EchoStar or Liberty Media Corp. The New York-based Sirius […]

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Benefit Gala Honors Sweethearts Amy and James Otto

• February 16, 2009 •
Benefit Gala Honors Sweethearts Amy and James Otto

The Nashville State Community College 2009 Sweethearts for Scholarships Gala was held Friday night (2/13) honoring celebrity sweethearts Amy and James Otto. There is also an auction coinciding with the fundraiser for the school’s scholarship program going on at CMTAuctions.com. Starting at $50, and available until Feb. 20, the Love Lyrics auction includes lyrics autographed […]

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Belmont Hosts Events For Wynonna, Industry Execs.

• February 16, 2009 •
Belmont Hosts Events For Wynonna, Industry Execs.

Wynonna mentored Belmont University’s Music Business students last week as part of the school’s The Insider’s View series. Students of a Record Company Operations class produced and promoted the event which also served as a CD release party and concert for her latest release, Sing. On Sat., Feb. 21 Belmont and its music business students […]

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Derek Sholl

• February 13, 2009

“But It Was” CO5 Nashville “But It Was” is Derek Sholl’s newest release to country radio. Penned by Joe Doyle and Tim Johnson, the song appears on Sholl’s album Here, which hit shelves in October 2008. His previous single “(I’ll Be) Here” charted in the top 50 of MusicRow’s CountryBreakout™ chart. Sholl’s journey from pro […]

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Music Marketing Crosses Platforms

• February 13, 2009 •
Music Marketing Crosses Platforms

Cross-promotion and corporate tie-ins are an ever-growing part of the music business. Here are some of the latest and most creative examples, with Disney and 19 Entertainment leading the way. “The American Idol Experience,” a new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, is opening this week. Guests can audition to take the spotlight onstage, […]

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MAC Presents Hires Ruth Gonzalez

• February 13, 2009 •
MAC Presents Hires Ruth Gonzalez

Music sponsorship specialists MAC Presents has added Operations Manager Ruth Gonzalez to its team. She brings more than fifteen years of experience as a talent agent to the Nashville-based firm, including nine years at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, where she was responsible for artists including Jesse McCartney and Ashlee Simpson. She also represented […]

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Flatts Fans Pick New Album Art

• February 13, 2009 •
Flatts Fans Pick New Album Art

Rascal Flatts members Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney revealed the cover for their April 7 release, Unstoppable, before last night’s (2/12) sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The guys selected four finalists for the cover art from thousands of entries submitted through the People’s Choice Awards Web site […]

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Spotify Offers Free Streaming

• February 13, 2009 •

A new online listening service is getting rave reviews from users in Europe. Originally from Sweden and now available in the UK, Spotify allows free ad-supported streaming of personalized playlists. Because the streaming is unlimited, proponents of the system say it provides an incentive not to download illegally. Spotify reportedly has an exceptional catalog through […]

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DISClaimer 2/13/09

• February 13, 2009 •
DISClaimer 2/13/09

This week, the major labels are stepping up to the plate with quality. Mercury has two excellent singles, by the Randy Rogers Band and Holly Williams. Warner Bros. Records is offering us a dandy uptempo by Jessica Harp. Columbia has the DisCovery Award winners, Caitlin & Will. But at the end of the listening session, […]

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TV Goes Country With Cable Guy Roast, New “Crossroads”

• February 12, 2009 •
TV Goes Country With Cable Guy Roast, New "Crossroads"

Larry The Cable Guy will be the subject of much jeering on Comedy Central’s 2009 Roast. On hand to give Larry some good-natured ribbing will be Toby Keith, Jeff Foxworthy, Drew Carey, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, Dan Marino, Jeffrey Ross, and many others to be announced. The show tapes in Los Angeles at […]

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McBride Takes Fresh Approach To New Release

• February 12, 2009 •
McBride Takes Fresh Approach To New Release

Martina McBride decided it was time for a change when she started contemplating her tenth studio album, set for release March 24 on longtime label home RCA Records. She says teaming with chart-topping producer Dann Huff to record Shine forced her out of her comfort zone and rekindled her creativity. “I think it was time […]

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