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Country Benefits For Musicians On Call, Juvenile Diabetes

• June 12, 2009 •

Musicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, has benefit auctions going on now, including memorabilia and concert experiences from Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood and more on www.ebay.com/moc. From June 10-21 fans can also visit http://www.cmtauctions.com/ to bid on items from […]

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In Color: Jeffrey Steele, Nashville In Napa, and Dierks Bentley

• June 11, 2009 •
In Color: Jeffrey Steele, Nashville In Napa, and Dierks Bentley

Perennial hitmaker Jeffrey Steele carved time out of his busy schedule to celebrate the success of his No. 1 single “Here” at a private dinner hosted by BMI at Fleming’s on Monday, June 8. Recorded by Rascal Flatts, “Here” marks Steele’s eighth No. 1 hit, four of which have been recorded by the band. Steele […]

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Evergreen: Barker Leaves, Drops ICG Moniker

• June 11, 2009 •
Evergreen: Barker Leaves, Drops ICG Moniker

John Barker resigned his position as President of Integrated Copyright Group (ICG) and Vice President of Evergreen Copyright Administration on Monday. Following that, today Evergreen co-CEOs David Schulhof and Richard Perna announced that ICG has formally changed its company name to EverGreen Copyrights. All ICG remaining staff will continue as employees of EverGreen. ICG, the […]

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Bobby Karl Works Music Fest (6/10)

• June 11, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works Music Fest (6/10)

Chapter 310 The CMA Music Festival always starts before it’s supposed to. There has already been plenty of activity, including a superstar sighting. Alan Jackson isn’t “officially” playing the fest this year, but Wednesday night (6/10) he took over Cadillac Ranch on Lower Broadway to celebrate his 20th anniversary. It was this month in 1989 […]

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Lifenotes: Barry Beckett

• June 11, 2009 •
Lifenotes: Barry Beckett

Renowned producer Barry Beckett (1943-2009) passed away peacefully at his home last night, June 10, surrounded by family. His storied career ranged from Muscle Shoals musician to Nashville producer. We will post arrangements as they become available. Beckett was born February 4, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama. He spent many years as part of the house […]

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Save The Date: Leadership Music Awards

• June 11, 2009 •
Save The Date: Leadership Music Awards

Leadership Music will honor Country Music Hall of Fame member/legendary label executive Jim Foglesong, superstar artist Garth Brooks, and Brooks’ longtime producer Allen Reynolds with its 6th annual Dale Franklin Awards, to be given out Sun., Aug. 23 at the Renaissance Hotel. Cocktails start at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. Invitation only.

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Miranda Lambert Starting A Revolution

• June 10, 2009 •
Miranda Lambert Starting A Revolution

Miranda Lambert will unleash her third album, Revolution, on Sept. 29. For the project she reunited with producers Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke who are putting the final touches on the release. She wrote three songs on the album alone, and co-wrote a majority of the other tracks with writers including Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe, […]

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RIAA Under Fire, Beaming Up Bonnaroo, World Copyright Summit

• June 10, 2009 •

Minnesota lawyer Kiwi Camara and Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson have signaled their intention to file a class action lawsuit against the recording industry demanding the return over $100 million that the RIAA supposedly has collected as penalties from file-sharing cases with consumers. Camara is also in a high-profile Minnesota RIAA case later this month. […]

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Country Sales Outpace Overall Industry

• June 10, 2009 •

SoundScan’s inner numerics held few surprises this week as sales on Country’s Current Top 75 remained flat (-2% to be precise). For the week ended 6/7/09 country sales are down 3.3% Y/Y which continues to compare favorably with the industry overall now down 14%. Lost Highway’s Ryan Bingham debuts on the country list at No. […]

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Early Music Fest Events: Radio Remotes, Bowling, Fishing And More

• June 10, 2009 •
Early Music Fest Events: Radio Remotes, Bowling, Fishing And More

Reba McEntire was the surprise guest at last night’s (Tuesday) orientation session for the radio stations participating in the Premiere Radio Networks’ Official CMA Music Festival Radio Remote. During CMA Music Festival, McEntire will perform on the Nightly Concerts on the VAULT™ Concert Stage at LP Field on Thurs., June 11.  That afternoon she will […]

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Kellie Pickler, Gretchen Wilson Have USA Weekend Covered

• June 10, 2009 •
Kellie Pickler, Gretchen Wilson Have USA Weekend Covered

CMT has once again partnered with USA Weekend to present the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year award at the upcoming CMT Music Awards, premiering live on Tues., June 16 at 7 PM/CT. In celebration, the publication is featuring Kellie Pickler and Gretchen Wilson on its Sun., June 14 cover, because both are former […]

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MR Launches Twitter Chart

• June 9, 2009 •
MR Launches Twitter Chart

Country music trade publication MusicRow and New Media marketing group AristoWorks have formed a chart to track Country music artists’ popularity among Twitter users. Now in beta mode, the rankings are based on the number of users “following” each artist. Currently, there are 72 chart positions. Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift occupy the No. 1 […]

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SOURCE Reveals 2009 Foundation Award Winners

• June 9, 2009 •

SOURCE has announced the recipients of its 2009 Foundation Awards, honoring the pioneering women of the music industry. The select list comprises Joyce Jackson (Jim Reeves Enterprises, Floyd Cramer, Dottie West, Mae Axton, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Writer); Peggy Lamb (Music City News, Hickory Records, Inc., Acuff Rose, Opryland Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing); Pat McCoy […]

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Republic Nashville Hires Bobby Young

• June 9, 2009 •
Republic Nashville Hires Bobby Young

Bobby Young has joined the newly formed label Republic Nashville as Director of National Promotion. With more than 20 years on Music Row, his stints include VP of Promotion & Artist Development at River North Nashville; VP of Promotion at Jeff McClusky & Associates, Inc; VP of National Country Promotion at Mercury Nashville; Partner/GM of […]

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Celebs Set For Softball Challenge

• June 9, 2009 •
Celebs Set For Softball Challenge

Adam Gregory, Carrie Underwood, Chuck Wicks, Titan Craig Hentrich, Josh Turner, Justin Moore, Titan Kerry Collins, Luke Bryan, Montgomery Gentry, Carter Twins, Trailer Choir and Whitney Duncan have been drafted by the Grand Ole Opry team for the 19th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, presented by People Country, and Gibson Foundation. The Opry […]

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Wy Joins Beatles Themed Benefit For Music School

• June 9, 2009 •

Wynonna will appear with The WannaBeatles, former Apple Records executive Ken Mansfield,  contemporary Christian artist Phil Keaggy, country singer David Ball, guitarist Jonny Lang and other celebs tonight (6/9) to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album. The “With a Little Help From My Friends benefit” will include performances and storytelling at […]

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New Music Update: Paisley, Gretchen, Gary and More

• June 9, 2009 •
New Music Update: Paisley, Gretchen, Gary and More

Starting today (6/9) iTunes users can purchase tracks from Brad Paisley’s new album, American Saturday Night, prior to its June 30th release date. One new song will be made available each week for the next three weeks, beginning with “Water.” The first single from the album, “Then,” is already a radio hit. American Saturday Night […]

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Black River Announces New Staffers

• June 8, 2009 •

Black River Music Group has added former echomusic staffers Shay Boone and John Gusty to its team. They will be spearheading comprehensive new media efforts for the Nashville-based music group with a heavy focus on fan engagement, community building, data-capture and overall monetization of all BRMG initiatives. Additionally, Boone and Gusty will be launching Black […]

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CMA Music Fest Draws Near: Chesney To Close Week, Street Closures

• June 8, 2009 •
CMA Music Fest Draws Near: Chesney To Close Week, Street Closures

With CMA Music Festival opening this week, the big announcements just keep coming. A set by Kenny Chesney will be the grand finale of the 2009 CMA Music Festival on Sunday when he closes out the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. In addition to Chesney, Jason Michael Carroll, Heidi Newfield, and Jimmy Wayne will be […]

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Alan Jackson To Play Europe For First Time in 19 Years

• June 8, 2009 •
Alan Jackson To Play Europe For First Time in 19 Years

Alan Jackson is set for his first string of European dates since 1990. He will perform in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, on August 13, 14 and 15, respectively. These will be his first-ever shows in Scandinavia. In Norway, where where his latest release Good Time has already sold Platinum, fans snapped up 14,000 tickets within […]

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