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Country On Tomorrow’s People’s Choice Awards

• January 6, 2009 •
Country On Tomorrow’s People’s Choice Awards

Many country artists are among the nominees at tomorrow night’s (1/7) People’s Choice Awards. In the all-genre categories, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney are up for Favorite Male Singer against R&B star Chris Brown; Carrie Underwood will vie for Favorite Female Singer; and Rascal Flatts is nominated in the Favorite Group slot. Elsewhere, Underwood (“Last […]

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Lady A To Perform New Single on Conan

• January 6, 2009 •
Lady A To Perform New Single on Conan

Lady Antebellum will debut its upcoming single, “I Run To You,” this Thurs., Jan. 8 on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien. It is the third single from the band’s debut album, which has also spawned hits “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Looking For A Good Time.” The single will be available for airplay at […]

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Country 2008: A Year End Report

• January 6, 2009 •
Country 2008: A Year End Report

The country music record business was especially hard hit as the previous year’s drop of 16.3% rose to 24% in 2008. Actual country album sales (physical and digital) toppled from 62.7 to 47.6 million, a new all time low under the SoundScan era. Country 2008: A Year End Report asks questions and presents much of […]

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Nashville-Related Music Obituaries, 2008

• January 6, 2009 •

The loss of two Country Music Hall of Fame members in 2008 was a major blow to the Nashville music community. But we lost many other friends as well. Here is a look back at those who passed away during 2008. VERNON DERRICK, 74, died Jan. 4. Multi-instrumentalist sideman for The Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, […]

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Katie Armiger Visits Texas Children’s Hospital

• January 6, 2009 •
Katie Armiger Visits Texas Children's Hospital

Cold River recording artist and Houston native Katie Armiger recently visited the Texas Children’s Hospital to spread cheer to some of the patients. Armiger, pictured with nurses, sang Christmas songs and led the children in Christmas Carols. Texas Children’s Hospital is an internationally recognized full-care pediatric hospital ranked in the top ten among children’s hospitals […]

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iTunes Drops DRM

• January 6, 2009 •

CNET.com reports Apple has finally cut deals with Universal, Warner Music and Sony that would allow iTunes to sell DRM-free music files. EMI has been offering DRM-free files on iTunes for over a year. In return, iTunes will compromise on single song pricing. The tech giant had steadfastly refused to accept the idea of variable […]

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Sony Adds To A&R Department

• January 6, 2009 •
Sony Adds To A&R Department

As first reported on 12/23/08, Lisa Ramsey-Perkins has joined Sony Music Nashville as Senior Director, A&R. Reporting to Renee Bell, Exec. VP, A&R, she officially began the role on Dec. 22. Ramsey-Perkins began her career as a personal assistant to Wynonna Judd, and later took on roles at Music Mill, Hamstein Music Group, and Mosaic […]

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Sony BMG Officially Becomes Sony Music

• January 6, 2009 •

Sony BMG Nashville is starting the new year with an offical name change to Sony Music Nashville. As such, the label group Web site can now be found at www.sonymusicnashville.com. E-mail addresses are changing to firstname.lastname@sonymusic.com, but old addresses will remain in effect during a transition period.

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Urban Maps 2009 Tour

• January 6, 2009 •

Keith Urban has firmed up stops on his 2009 tour, which will hit 58 North American cities such as Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver. The outing kicks off in May, and will likely go through summer and into the fall. A video for his new single “Sweet Thing” is due this […]

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Chesney Tour Is Top Draw of 2008

• January 6, 2009 •

Kenny Chesney’s 2008 tour drew more fans than any other outing last year in all genres. “There will always be tours that gross more than us,” says Chesney, whose tour came in fourth in overall grosses, “because I believe in trying to make it possible for anyone who wants to come out and rock with […]

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WMBA Co-Hosts Toys For Tots Benefit

• January 6, 2009 •
WMBA Co-Hosts Toys For Tots Benefit

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) co-hosted a Toys For Tots Benefit with Lightning 100 to a packed house at 3rd & Lindsley recently. The event was so successful, Lightning 100 has invited WMBA to sign on for next year, and make this an annual event. The Marines, who oversee Toys For Tots, collected an […]

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Carson James Joins BBR

• January 5, 2009 •
Carson James Joins BBR

Broken Bow Records has named veteran radio promotion executive Carson James Senior Vice President of Promotions. He most recently spent nearly 10 years in the same role at Curb Records. “When Jim Yerger (Broken Bow Executive VP) first approached me about this opportunity, I jumped at the chance to work with a group of people […]

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Taylor Swift Set For “SNL” Debut

• January 5, 2009 •
Taylor Swift Set For "SNL" Debut

Taylor Swift, the bestselling artist of 2008 in all genres, will be the musical guest on this weekend’s installment of Saturday Night Live (1/10). She will make her debut on NBC’s long-running sketch show alongside the evening’s host Neil Patrick Harris, star of How I Met Your Mother. Coming soon from Swift is the karaoke […]

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AFM Pres. Pomeroy Suffers House Fire

• January 5, 2009 •

Musician and newly elected AFM Pres. Dave Pomeroy suffered an extensive fire in his home over the weekend. Though some of his irreplaceable instruments survived, Pomeroy lost his beloved dog Duke in the blaze. He says, “the outpouring of love and sympathy I have received from all my friends and family has sustained me through […]

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CRB Accepting Nominees For Radio Awards

• January 5, 2009 •
CRB Accepting Nominees For Radio Awards

Country Radio Broadcasters is accepting applications for the 2009 Radio Humanitarian and Promotion Awards to be given at CRS-40, taking place March 4-6, 2009. Both awards will be presented to stations in large, medium and small market categories. Details and applications, due Jan. 9, 2009, are available at www.crb.org. Radio Promotion Award winners will receive […]

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Trace Adkins (12/2008)

• January 2, 2009 •
Trace Adkins (12/2008)

Label: Capitol Records Nashville Current Album: Trace Adkins “X” (TEN) Current Single: “Muddy Water” Current Producer: Frank Rogers Hometown: Sarepta, Louisiana Management: Vector Booking: CAA Recent Hits: “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” Interesting Fact: Trace was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame November 2008. Outside Interests: Landscaping, gardening, camping, hunting, politics, […]

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RIAA Changes Strategy In Fight Against Illegal Downloading

• December 19, 2008 •
RIAA Changes Strategy In Fight Against Illegal Downloading

The RIAA has stopped filing lawsuits for illegal downloading and is now fighting the problem through Internet service providers (ISP). The Wall Street Journal reports that the music industry—which has sued 35,000 alleged downloaders for copyright infringement since 2003—hasn’t filed a suit since this fall. The lawsuits had created numerous public/consumer relations for the industry […]

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Project Paper Doll Closes Successful Second Year

• December 19, 2008 •
Project Paper Doll Closes Successful Second Year

The Project Paper Doll auction closed this week, raising $22,273 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Fifty-nine wooden paper dolls, representing the Children’s Hospital logo, were turned into one-of-a-kind pieces of art by celebrities and auctioned on eBay. Wooden paper dolls decorated by Reba McEntire and George Strait were among the highest […]

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MG Gear Up For Sound And Speed

• December 8, 2008 •
MG Gear Up For Sound And Speed

Montgomery Gentry will headline the kick-off concert for Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Sommet Center. The fourth consecutive event, running Jan. 9-10, 2009 in Nashville, combines Country music and NASCAR with the concert on Friday, and a day of fan-celebrity interaction on Saturday. On Sat., Jan. 10 […]

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Rich Weds

• December 8, 2008 •
Rich Weds

John Rich wed longtime girlfriend Joan Bush in Nashville on Saturday night. He has been dating the former model who runs a modeling agency in Houston for more than five years, according to People magazine. The outlet goes on to report that the small ceremony was held at the Fontanel Mansion and attended by about […]

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