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Photos: Music City Songwriters Make The Rounds

• July 13, 2009 •
Photos: Music City Songwriters Make The Rounds

Songwriters Lisa McCallum, Steve Diamond, Kelley Lovelace and J. D. Souther traveled to Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada to perform in-the-round at an invitation-only event for the Casino’s top customers. Pictured are ASCAP’s Herky Williams, writers Lisa McCullum, Steve Diamond, ASCAP’s Pat Rolfe; Kelley Lovelace, J. D. Souther, and Fallsview VP of Marketing […]

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Country’s Shrinking Middle Class

• July 13, 2009 •
Country's Shrinking Middle Class

The quote of the week belongs to Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who when asked about the success of Twitter and other social networking sites replied, “A lot of people are doing very well at making very little money. It’s not a club I’m looking to join.” The joke may be on the Sony CEO because, […]

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On the Music Row Cover: Williams Riley

• July 13, 2009 •
On the Music Row Cover: Williams Riley

Label: Golden Music Current Album: Williams Riley Current Single & Video: “I’m Still Me” Current Producers: Noel Golden, Derek George Hometowns: Larose, LA; Nashville, TN Interesting Fact: The band is named after the guitar player’s great-grandfather. Outside Interests: Hunting, fishing, horses, cattle and thumb wrestling Awards: American Country Countdown Superstars 2009, Voted Best New Country […]

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Paisley, Chesney on “GMA,” And More

• July 13, 2009 •
Paisley, Chesney on "GMA," And More

Brad Paisley—busy celebrating last week’s No. 1 country debut of his album American Saturday Night—will be the first country artist featured on the MySpace Music Feed. The exclusive interview, in which Paisley talks about his new project and the creative thread flowing through his family, is online now and viewable here. The album’s chart-topping first single, […]

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Asleep at the Wheel Honored

• July 10, 2009 •
Asleep at the Wheel Honored

Asleep at the Wheel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, presented by the Gibson Foundation, scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium. Since 1969, the Austin-based band has released over twenty-five albums, charted over twenty Billboard singles and won nine Grammy Awards. The […]

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Fast Ryde Visits MusicRow

• July 10, 2009 •
Fast Ryde Visits MusicRow

Republic Nashville’s newest act, Fast Ryde visited the Music Row conference room to share some of their new music. Here’s what happened when we turned on our iPhone video camera to capture some of the action. A Cecil B. deRoss Production

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Halfway To Hazard

• July 10, 2009
Halfway To Hazard

“I Know Where Heaven Is” Stylesonic/Picnic Hill/Bigger Picture “I Know Where Heaven Is” is the new single for Kentucky-raised duo Halfway To Hazard (Chad Warrix and David Tolliver), and was penned by top-shelf Nashville writers Dave Berg and Sam and Annie Tate. The duo’s distinctive name refers to Hazard, the county seat of Perry Co., […]

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The Farm Aid Concert Location Mystery

• July 10, 2009 •
The Farm Aid Concert Location Mystery

Organizers of Willie Nelson‘s annual Farm Aid concert are keeping fans guessing about where the 2009 Farm Aid event will take place by giving one hint per day for seven days.  The organizers started posting hints for fans yesterday (7/9) on Twitter and followed with a second hint today (7/10). Concert hint #1: Your state […]

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Artists On TV

• July 10, 2009 •
Artists On TV

The 80th Major League baseball game will be held at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on Tues. July 14. Sara Evans has been invited to perform “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch of this year’s diamond shaped contest. Evans plans to make the event a family outing. “I’m a huge baseball fan, as are […]

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Your Social Network Tells About You

• July 10, 2009 •
Your Social Network Tells About You

Your favorite social network may tell a lot about you. For example, Twitterers are more interested in sex than users on other social sites. LinkedIn users are more likely to watch soap operas and MySpacers are generally not into exercise. According to an Anderson Analytics study, a user’s social network preference can identify “likely interests, buying habits, […]

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Luminaries Set For Leadership Music Awards

• July 9, 2009 •
Luminaries Set For Leadership Music Awards

Leadership Music will present the organization’s prestigious Dale Franklin Awards to legendary label executive Jim Foglesong, superstar artist Garth Brooks, and Brooks’ longtime producer Allen Reynolds during a gala fundraising dinner on Sunday, August 23 at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel. Roy Clark, Cowboy Jack Clement, Crystal Gayle, Bruce Lundvall, Steve Wariner and Trisha Yearwood are Honorary […]

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Twitter Bridges Fan/Artist Connection

• July 9, 2009 •
Twitter Bridges Fan/Artist Connection

Twitter is becoming an increasingly common way for artists to communicate with fans. Stoney Creek Records’ Megan Mullins has been using it and other popular social networking sites for her “Total Request Video” extravaganza. Keeping within the weekly theme (ex. classic country), fans log onto Mullins’ Facebook, MySpace or Twitter account and request a song. Each week, […]

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Nashville Music Awards Noms End 7/15

• July 9, 2009 •
Nashville Music Awards Noms End 7/15

Next Big Nashville and Leadership Music are working together to revive the Nashville Music Awards (NMA), which were originally produced by Leadership Music from 1995-2000. The NMAs recognize all genres of music, and celebrate the diversity and quality of artists and music professionals who call Nashville home. Winners of this year’s awards will be announced […]

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Media Moguls At “Summer Camp”

• July 9, 2009 •

Allen & Co., a New York-based investment bank, is hosting its annual conference of the top national entertainment and technology leaders in Sun Valley, Idaho this week. The brainstorming and socializing event, often described as “summer camp” for the media world, is closed to the press though some are attending as guests and others remain […]

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MJ Memorial, MCN Fan Club Concerts, Much More

• July 9, 2009 •
MJ Memorial, MCN Fan Club Concerts, Much More

Almost 31 Million viewers tuned into Michael Jackson’s memorial service on Tuesday (7/7). It aired on 19 networks from approximately 1-4 p.m. By comparison, the most recent season finale of American Idol drew just under 29 million pairs of eyes. ————— Copyright Office fees for various services concerning the registration of claims are increasing starting […]

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Cyrus, Swift Score Spots on Forbes’ Under 30 List

• July 9, 2009 •
Cyrus, Swift Score Spots on Forbes' Under 30 List

Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus ranked among Forbes’ new list of the top 12 highest-earning celebrities under 30. The powerful group, with an average age of 23, collectively pulled in $410 million between June 1, 2008 and June 1, 2009. Cyrus, 16, banked $25 million to tie for No. 7 along with the Jonas Brothers, […]

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Country Stars Align For Ft. Campbell Troops

• July 9, 2009 •
Country Stars Align For Ft. Campbell Troops

Carrie Underwood, John Rich, Rodney Atkins and Jake Owen will perform Aug. 14-15 as part of nearby Ft. Campbell’s Week of the Eagles to welcome home troops from overseas deployment. The free event, celebrating the homecoming of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles,” is open to the public. Week of the Eagles is held every […]

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Underwood, Love And Theft, Randy Rogers Band

• July 8, 2009 •
Underwood, Love And Theft, Randy Rogers Band

Love And Theft’s Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles recently spent the day shooting a video in Memphis for their debut single, “Runaway,” with director Kristin Barlowe. The day wasn’t without challenges—Liles had food poisoning, and the engine of the 1971 Mustang Mach 1 featured had to be rebuilt—but everything turned out okay. […]

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Capitol Signs Teen From TV

• July 8, 2009 •
Capitol Signs Teen From TV

Jennette McCurdy, the 17-year-old actress who plays on the Nickelodeon TV show iCarly, has signed with Capitol Records Nashville. She has two songs available on iTunes: “So Close” and “Homeless Heart.” In a blog on her website www.jennettemccurdy.com, she tells fans, “I am in the Capitol Family along with such unbelievable greats as Keith Urban, […]

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Michael Jackson: Detailing The Sales

• July 8, 2009 •
Michael Jackson: Detailing The Sales

The following slides were created by Nielsen Soundscan to show the enormity of the impact of Jackson’s recent sales.

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