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Is Country Crushing Nashville’s Creativity?

• July 20, 2009 •

An article in the Sunday Tennessean (by Naomi Synder) asks “Could Nashville’s country and Christian music industry be crushing innovation? It sounds like a ridiculous question, were it not for the musicians who think it might be true.” The feature length article confuses quality, diversity and professionalism in a swirling discussion which fails to distinguish […]

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Tech Tracks: Kazaa, Rock Band, Twitter

• July 20, 2009 •
Tech Tracks: Kazaa, Rock Band, Twitter

Kazaa relaunched today (7/20) in a new form; morphed from an illegal file-trading service to a legal download subscription outfit. For $20/month, users get unlimited downloads of over 1 million tracks from all four major labels. The downside of the service is that the DRM tracks cannot be transferred to portable devices and can only […]

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Urban Signs With Universal Publishing

• July 20, 2009 •
Urban Signs With Universal Publishing

David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Pat Higdon, President, UMPG Nashville, today announced the signing of a worldwide publishing agreement with Keith Urban. UMPG will publish Urban’s catalogue throughout the world, including his recently-released fifth studio album, Defying Gravity, which topped both the Billboard Top 200 and Country Album charts upon […]

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AMA To Honor Sam Bush

• July 20, 2009 •
AMA To Honor Sam Bush

Sam Bush will receive the Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist award at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, presented by the Gibson Foundation, on Thurs., Sept. 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. As co-founder and leader of the seminal progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival for 18 years, Bush was among the first purveyors […]

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Wiles, Evans Announce Do Write Music

• July 20, 2009 •
Wiles, Evans Announce Do Write Music

Dwight Wiles, President of Smith Wiles & Co., today (7/20) formally announced Do Write Music, his joint venture with music publishing veteran Marghie Evans. The company specializes in all aspects of music publishing administration and clearance services for songwriters, publishers, independent producers and label owners, and corporations in need of publishing administration, royalty accounting and […]

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Publishing Notes: Sony/ATV, Green Hills Music

• July 20, 2009 •
Publishing Notes: Sony/ATV, Green Hills Music

Several financial firms are looking into purchasing Michael Jackson’s share of the Sony/ATV catalog. Among those interested are Colony Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Plainfield Asset Management and the media mogul Haim Saban, the New York Times reports. Jackson’s 50% stake in the publisher–which owns a majority of the Beatles copyrights–could be worth as much a […]

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LifeNotes: Ellen Wood Hospitalized, Tim Nichols’ Mother

• July 20, 2009 •

Get well wishes to former BMI publicist and Music City News writer Ellen Wood, who is in the hospital following surgery to repair a broken shoulder. The operation was complicated by Wood developing pneumonia. She is recuperating slowly at St. Thomas Hospital. ————————– Condolences to Grammy winning songwriter, Tim Nichols, on the loss of his […]

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Industry Tourney Aids Children’s Hospital

• July 17, 2009 •
Industry Tourney Aids Children's Hospital

The 36th Annual Music City Tennis Invitational (MCTI) donated $118,473.19 to the Center for Child Development at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The money was raised by 125 tennis players who participated in the tournament, along with sponsorships, donations, auctions and a songwriters’ concert that benefited the event. The annual MCTI charity tennis […]

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NAMM, Jamey, Billy, Jimmy, Nashville Music Awards, Symphony Sale

• July 17, 2009 •
NAMM, Jamey, Billy, Jimmy, Nashville Music Awards, Symphony Sale

The deadline has been extended to Friday, July 24 for submissions for the Nashville Music Awards. Revived in a partnership with Next Big Nashville (NBN) and Leadership Music, Inc. (LM), the Nashville Music Awards (NMA), were produced by LM from 1995 through 2000. The NMAs recognized outstanding contributions in all genres of music. Winners will […]

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Photo Friday: Carrie, Randy, Sheryl, Sara, and Eric

• July 17, 2009 •
Photo Friday: Carrie, Randy, Sheryl, Sara, and Eric

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Paisley Mines Digital Gold

• July 17, 2009 •
Paisley Mines Digital Gold

Brad Paisley tops the country album sales chart for a second consecutive week with his new release, American Saturday Night. The album’s first single, “Then,” has already become a three-week No. 1. The second single, “Welcome to the Future,” has already zoomed to No. 44 on the MusicRow Country Breakout chart, even though the official […]

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Trade Organizations Work Best As Separate Entities

• July 17, 2009 •
Trade Organizations Work Best As Separate Entities

While the goals of Nashville’s top three music trade groups are closely aligned, each has issues and objectives specific to its genre. The Country Music Association, Americana Music Association, and International Bluegrass Music Association work tirelessly to promote the music they represent to consumers and the industry. A recent poll on MusicRow.com posed the following […]

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DISClaimer (7/17/09)

• July 17, 2009 •
DISClaimer (7/17/09)

Can I get a witness? Things were going along in a routine way during this listening session until I was stopped dead in my tracks and struck with profound awe. The record that did it was the churning, inspirational “Somebody Like Me” by Jason Crabb. Stop what you are doing right now to seek it […]

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Songwriters This Weekend: Matraca, Bluebird on Mtn.

• July 17, 2009 •
Songwriters This Weekend: Matraca, Bluebird on Mtn.

Hit songwriter Matraca Berg will take a seat at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, July 18, as the latest subject of the quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m. program, which will be held in the Museum’s Ford Theater, is included with Museum admission and free […]

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Photos: Joey+Rory, O’Shea, and Emma Jacob

• July 17, 2009 •
Photos: Joey+Rory, O'Shea, and Emma Jacob

Overstock.com spokespersons Joey+Rory appear in the third installment of their “At Home with the O” ad campaign. The spot hits the air this week and features the country duo’s favorite hound Rufus. They are  on the road supporting their debut album The Life of a Song. The newest single, “To Say Goodbye,” is at radio […]

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Holly Williams, David Nail, Jeff Cook, and The Oaks

• July 17, 2009 •
Holly Williams, David Nail, Jeff Cook, and The Oaks

Newcomer Holly Williams is profiled in this week’s People magazine, dated July 27th and on stands today (7/17). The story of her music and life has also garnered the interest of National Public Radio, which will feature her Sunday, July 19 on “Weekend Edition.” The show airs in Nashville on WPLN from 7-9 AM/CT. And […]

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Stroudavarious Debuts Imprint, Beefs Up Promo Staff

• July 16, 2009 •
Stroudavarious Debuts Imprint, Beefs Up Promo Staff

Stroudavarious Records has launched a new imprint called BamaJam Records, with Atlanta band Blackberry Smoke as the flagship artist. The first release will be the sophomore album from the southern rockers called Little Piece of Dixie. The project was produced by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) and engineer Justin Niebank. “This is best live […]

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Palming Off a Bug Fix, CMA Voting, Songwriters Team With Studdard

• July 16, 2009 •
Palming Off a Bug Fix, CMA Voting, Songwriters Team With Studdard

Apple has just released an iTunes update (8.2.1) and among the “issues and improvements” it addresses is the music program’s ability to sync music with the Palm Pre phone. One of the new Palm smartphone’s selling points was that ability to seamlessly move music between iTunes and the phone, but obviously, Apple preferred that only […]

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Promo News: A Tale of Two Thomases, And A Wagner

• July 16, 2009 •
Promo News: A Tale of Two Thomases, And A Wagner

Lauren “L.T.” Thomas has been hired as Associate Director of Promotion for Golden Music Nashville, the new label launching flagship act Williams Riley. She comes from KMLE-FM in Phoenix where she began as a Promotions Assistant in 2002 before being bumped up to Promotions Manager in 2007. L.T. works at the Golden Music Nashville offices […]

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Aldean Wrangles Hits, Jean Deal, Conan

• July 16, 2009 •
Aldean Wrangles Hits, Jean Deal, Conan

Jason Aldean‘s “Big Green Tractor,” is plowing its way toward the Top 10 of MusicRow‘s Country Breakout chart; currently No. 16 and the fastest rising single of the Georgia-native’s career. The song has fueled over 40,000 digital downloads a week, helping his already Gold certified third album Wide Open move an average of 22,000 units […]

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