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Updates: Gina Hilburn, Laura Huie, Heather and Bobby Young, Beckett Service

• July 6, 2009 •
Updates: Gina Hilburn, Laura Huie, Heather and Bobby Young, Beckett Service

Songwriters Patrick Davis, Harley Allen, Lisa Carver and Marv Green came together for a recent benefit show to help longtime Warner Music Group employee Gina Hilburn in her fight against cancer. The event took place Friday, June 26 at the Bluebird Café, and raised nearly $4,000 which included contributions from friends and co-workers, ticket sales, auction […]

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Updated: BMI Moving Jobs From NY To Nashville

• July 6, 2009 •

BMI will move about 30 jobs from its New York office to Music Row starting this fall and continuing for the following 6-8 months. Only a few employees who currently hold the mostly administrative functions will be given the option of relocating. Hiring to fill the positions could start as soon as late summer. Robbin […]

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Songwriters Series Take Nashville Nationwide, Plus GMA and IBMA

• July 6, 2009 •
Songwriters Series Take Nashville Nationwide, Plus GMA and IBMA

CMA Songwriters Series: Now in its fifth year, the popular CMA Songwriters Series will revisit New York City. Joe’s Pub will host another night spotlighting several of Nashville’s finest songwriters on Thursday, July 30 (6:30 and 9:30 PM/ET). Hosted by Bob DiPiero (“Take Me As I Am” recorded by Faith Hill, “You Can’t Take the […]

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“Soundstage” On GAC, Kid Rock’s Beer, SheDaisy, and Rascal Flatts

• July 6, 2009 •
"Soundstage" On GAC, Kid Rock's Beer, SheDaisy, and Rascal Flatts

GAC To Present The Best of Soundstage: Great American Country (GAC) is pleased to present the best of the legendary music television series, Soundstage, and will air nine Country episodes beginning with Sugarland on July 12 at 7 PM/CT. The groundbreaking series aired from 1974–1985 before returning in 2003 and continues to feature outstanding high definition […]

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AristoVideo & Travis Television Form DownCast

• July 6, 2009 •
AristoVideo & Travis Television Form DownCast

AristoVideo and Travis Television Productions have formed an alliance that bundles the two companies’ specialized video services into one consolidated package, named DownCast. The arrangement integrates broadcast-quality video content with a distribution network that services an extensive list of radio, television, national and regional video programs, newspapers, trade publications, celebrity and entertainment shows, wire services, closed-circuit partners, […]

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Atkins and Waltrip On GAC’s “Drafting Partners”

• July 6, 2009 •
Atkins and Waltrip On GAC's "Drafting Partners"

Rodney Atkins and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip were featured on GAC’s Drafting Partners, which premiered July 2 and was taped at Lowes Mother Speedway. The new GAC series combines one of country’s hottest stars and one of NASCAR’s coolest drivers for an insider’s look at the colliding worlds of country music and motorsports.

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Plugger Group Meets Blake Chancey

• July 6, 2009 •
Plugger Group Meets Blake Chancey

The Perfect Pitches Plugger Group recently met with noted producer Blake Chancey at the cocktail lounge The Patterson House on Division Street.

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R.J. Curtis Is Arista’s New Reg. Promo. Mngr.

• July 6, 2009 •
R.J. Curtis Is Arista's New Reg. Promo. Mngr.

R.J. Curtis will be Arista Nashville’s new Regional Promotion Manager, Midwest beginning July 20. He will relocate to Music City to serve the region previously helmed by Tyler Waugh, who segues to the Southeast territory.

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Glamorous Tidbits

• July 2, 2009 •
Glamorous Tidbits

Taylor Swift is on the cover of the August issue of Glamour magazine. In an article titled Taylor Swift: Bomb-Shell in Blue Jeans, she dishes on her favorite career moments (Saturday Night Live, Rolling Stone cover), future goals (a world tour, moving out of her parents’ house), and where she sees herself in the future. […]

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Williams Riley Celebrates William Morris Endeavor Signing

• July 2, 2009 •
Williams Riley Celebrates William Morris Endeavor Signing

An industry crowd gathered at Nashville’s 12th & Porter yesterday (7/1) for a Cajun lunch and showcase hosted by Golden Music, William Morris and Jim Havey PR on behalf of new band Williams Riley. The seven piece outfit, fronted by singer/songwriter Steve Williams, charged through an energetic set including its current single “I’m Still Me,” […]

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IBMA Members Elect Leadership To Board

• July 2, 2009 •

Professional members of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) recently elected several positions on the organization’s board of directors. Two new faces will be added and three were re-elected to new terms. Those elected and the membership categories they represent are: * Alison Brown, an executive with Compass Records and an award winning artist from Nashville, Tennessee […]

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Photo Ops: Costco Queen, Winans, Walker, and Wayne

• July 2, 2009 •
Photo Ops: Costco Queen, Winans, Walker, and Wayne

Jimmy Wayne takes a camera with him everywhere he travels, and this week his label Valory Music Co.  launched a weekly series spotlighting some of his favorite photos from the road. See below.

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Revisiting The New Rules Of Engagement

• July 2, 2009 •
Revisiting The New Rules Of Engagement

In August 2007 MusicRow released a special report entitled Embracing Change: The New Rules of Engagement. Its content was the result of a series of think-tank sessions with Jim Beavers, David Gales, Scott Heuerman, Todd Cassetty and David Ross—tech devotees with group experience in virtually all aspects of the music industry. Now, two years later, […]

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New Music Rundown

• July 2, 2009 •
New Music Rundown

Larry Gatlin—the man Johnny Cash called “Pilgrim”—and the Gatlin Brothers are working on the upcoming release of The Pilgrimage, their new album on Curb Records. On it the Gatlins celebrate their love and respect for Mr. Cash and collaborate with his son John Carter Cash as producer. The lead single “Johnny Cash is Dead and […]

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Photos: Rascal Flatts, Rhonda Towns, Colt Ford

• July 2, 2009 •
Photos: Rascal Flatts, Rhonda Towns, Colt Ford

Rascal Flatts visited a JC Penney store in a Washington, D.C. suburb prior to their show at the Nissan Pavilion on June 27. The band created a little “fan fare” when their secret visit was leaked by a local radio station and hundreds of fans showed up to greet them. The retailer’s American Living clothing […]

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How Artists Are Spending the 4th

• July 2, 2009 •
How Artists Are Spending the 4th

Here’s a list of what a few artists are doing this weekend. What is your artist up to? Add a comment below and let us know. Nashville always celebrates the 4th of July with style and this year’s 25th anniversary event will be better than ever with headliner Wynonna Judd performing alongside the Symphony Orchestra. […]

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Toby K., Holly W., Luke B. and Aaron T.

• July 2, 2009 •
Toby K., Holly W., Luke B. and Aaron T.

Toby Keith‘s sixth annual golf and music fundraising weekend to benefit Ally’s House raised more than a half-million dollars to help children with cancer and their families in Keith’s native Oklahoma. The $550,000 raised brings the to-date total to nearly $3 million. The dinner, music and auction saw several big ticket items drawing huge bids. […]

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Jackson Sales Surge But Country Lags

• July 1, 2009 •
Jackson Sales Surge But Country Lags

The week ending 6/28/09 saw week-over-week (w/w) country sales drop 24% and overall music sales fall 8%. For country it was the week after Fathers Day and the CMT Awards, plus there were no new country CD debuts to give fans an extra reason to shop. For the overall industry, it was the week that […]

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CMT Ratings Continue Upward Trend

• July 1, 2009 •

Coming off ratings wins for premieres of the 2009 CMT Music Awards and The Singing Bee series debut, CMT has wrapped its most-watched second quarter ever among total viewers. According to Nielsen Media Research, the network increased total viewers for both total day (+14%) and primetime (+13%) when compared to the same quarter in 2008, […]

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New Artists Now

• July 1, 2009 •
New Artists Now

MCA Nashville will release David Nail‘s debut album I’m About To Come Alive on Tuesday, August 18. Produced by Frank Liddell and Michael Wrucke, Nail is credited with writing nearly half of the 11-track record. “I think every artist that moves to Nashville has a list of things they hope to achieve, and having a […]

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