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Garth Meets Obama on “Tonight” Tonight

• March 19, 2009 •
Garth Meets Obama on “Tonight” Tonight

Country’s biggest star Garth Brooks will appear on tonight’s edition of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno tonight (3/19), where he will share the couch with his country’s biggest star —  President Barack Obama. Unlike Brooks, who has appeared on Leno’s show 21 times, tonight will mark Obama’s first talk show appearance as President. Brooks […]

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McBride Set To Shine

• March 19, 2009 •
McBride Set To Shine

Martina McBride’s 10th studio album, Shine, is set for release next Tuesday, March 24 on RCA Records. Featuring the singer’s current hit single “Ride,” the album’s title stems from her personal philosophy. “I love the word—I think it’s really positive and strong and powerful,” says McBride, “and that’s one of my favorite lyrics from the […]

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ACM Feeds Fans Via Twitter

• March 19, 2009 •
ACM Feeds Fans Via Twitter

The Academy of Country Music is on high-tech roll. First it was online fan voting, and now the ACM has announced that updates on the 44th Annual ACM Awards will be sent to fans via Twitter, the microblogging application that allows users to send short messages called “tweets” to people’s cell phones and Twitter homepages. […]

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The News From Stringtown

• March 18, 2009 •
 The News From Stringtown

Stringtown Records artist John Michael Montgomery has signed to Creative Artists Agency for booking representation and with Splash! Public Relations for publicity. The singer, who recently filmed a 30-minute infomercial for Time/Life on their Country Music Explosion package, is currently promoting “Forever,” the latest single from Time Flies, his Stringtown debut. In other Stringtown news, […]

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Flatts Set Country Digital Single Sales Tally

• March 18, 2009 •
Flatts Set Country Digital Single Sales Tally

Sales for the week ended 3/15/09 remained tepid as Taylor Swift continued to account for almost 23% of the entire Current Country list. Kelly Clarkson’s CD scored Top 200  No. 1 success with a solid debut totaling 254,671 units. Unfortunately, the Idol alum, now managed by Nashville-based Starstruck Management, was unable to match last week’s […]

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NSAI and CMT Announce Song Contest Winners

• March 18, 2009 •
NSAI and CMT Announce Song Contest Winners

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and CMT have announced the winners of the 9th Annual NSAI/CMT Song Contest, which awards two top prizes, one industry-voted and one chosen by online voting. Brooklyn resident David Stewart was chosen by industry judges for his song, “Damn, I Miss You.” Online voters chose “I Found Everything,” written […]

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Idol Goes Opry and Survives (almost)

• March 17, 2009 •
Idol Goes Opry and Survives (almost)

Grand Ole Opry week, night one, took American Idol by storm as the eleven contestants performed songs made famous by Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Johnny Cash, Dolly, Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. “The odds were 100,000 to one at the beginning of this contest,” said host Ryan Seacrest at the top of the […]

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ACM’s Live Online and On the Street

• March 17, 2009 •
ACM’s Live Online and On the Street

Online voting for the Academy of Country Music’s 44th Annual ACM Awards officially started yesterday (3/16). Fans are encouraged to log on to ACM’s voting site at www.voteACM.com or to CBS-TV’s dedicated site, www.cbs.com/acma to cast their votes for ACM Entertainer of the Year. This year’s nominees for the highly coveted award include Kenny Chesney, […]

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Vietti Chili Says “Yes We Can”

• March 17, 2009 •
Vietti Chili Says “Yes We Can”

With an innovative new promotion, the makers of Vietti Chili are giving the term “canned music” an entirely new meaning. The Nashville-based company has launched a “Vietti Vinyl Music Campaign” that promotes emerging and established musical talent through collectible product labels and other grassroots marketing initiatives. Vietti is leveraging its 30-state distribution network to promote […]

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Paisley Party’s Rowdy Nashville Finale

• March 17, 2009 •
Paisley Party’s Rowdy Nashville Finale

Brad Paisley wound up his Paisley Party Tour on a very high note in Nashville this past Saturday (3/14), playing a sold-out-in-advance show to a hometown crowd of over 13,000 ecstatic fans. Joining the singer onstage for his show-closer, a spirited reading of “Let the Good Times Roll,” was acclaimed blues guitarist Robben Ford, who […]

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CD Sales Sink, Digital Downloads Rise

• March 17, 2009 •
CD Sales Sink, Digital Downloads Rise

The NPD Group, a leader in market research for the entertainment industry, has reported that there were nearly 17 million fewer CD buyers in 2008 compared to the previous year. The reported decline in CD buyers cuts across all demographic groups, but was particularly focused on teens and consumers over 50 years of age. According […]

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Soundscan Scans Cracker Barrel; ACM “Lifting Lives”

• March 16, 2009 •
Soundscan Scans Cracker Barrel; ACM "Lifting Lives"

With traditional record retailers closing their doors, Cracker Barrel is helping to fill the void with their successful music program, which kicked off in 2005 with Home on the Highways from Alison Krauss and Union Station. Subsequent Cracker Barrel releases from Josh Turner, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Amy Grant and Sara Evans confirmed the company’s […]

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Country Thunder Closes

• March 16, 2009 •
Country Thunder Closes

Independent label Country Thunder Records is closing their Nashville operations it has been announced by label President Herb Graham. Country Thunder’s roster of artists included Heartland, Shawn Hammonds and country duos Bluefield and Burns & Poe. Graham will carry on with his publishing and management activities through his Graham Artist Management, with a client list […]

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McAnally Signs With Show Dog

• March 16, 2009 •
McAnally Signs With Show Dog

Fresh off his big success with “Down The Road,” his chart-topping duet with Kenny Chesney, respected singer/songwriter and reigning CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally has signed with Toby Keith’s Show Dog Records. “There’s nobody more respected, at least when it comes to musicians and people who really know this business, than Mac McAnally,” […]

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DISClaimer (3/13/09)

• March 16, 2009 •
DISClaimer (3/13/09)

It’s veterans’ day. No, not the holiday, silly. It’s a day when we have new music from some of country music’s vets. Aaron Tippin, Ricochet and Ronnie Milsap are all dropping by with new sounds. And the magnificent Mr. Milsap wins a Disc of the Day award. Neil Carswell is a veteran, too. He previously […]

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DISClaimer (3/6/09)

• March 16, 2009 •
DISClaimer (3/6/09)

As you might expect, the stars are twinkling for Country Radio Seminar. Toby Keith, Sugarland, Telluride and Pat Green all have terrific new tunes for the radio decision makers to savor. Universal South is bringing forth a dandy by this week’s DisCovery Award winners, Jonathan Singleton & The Grove. Less than a month ago (on […]

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NYT Taking Chances Article Profiles Borchetta

• March 16, 2009 •
NYT Taking Chances Article Profiles Borchetta

The New York Times Sunday Business section (3/14) prominently features a story titled, The Secrets of the Talent Scouts which attempts to get inside the heads of executives competing to find the next big thing in various fields including entertainment, technology and medical research. Executives profiled seem to agree that taking chances on passionate people […]

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BBR’s Krista Marie—Ringtone For A Cause

• March 13, 2009 •
BBR's Krista Marie—Ringtone For A Cause

Broken Bow/Holeshot recording artist Krista Marie has come up with a unique way to combine career promotion and a good song with a good cause. The western New York-born singer/songwriter, who is also a champion ATV Motocross racer, is the cowriter of her single, “Drive It Like I Stole It,” which has been picked as […]

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Taylor Down Under

• March 13, 2009 •
Taylor Down Under

For the past ten days, she’s been all over Australia playing a series of sold out dates, but somehow superstar Taylor Swift has made time for some worthwhile extracurricular activities, including a CMA award presentation, a benefit concert and a even a day at the beach. The singer/songwriter traveled to the “CMC Rocks the Snowys […]

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Karmazin Blames Doom & Gloom

• March 13, 2009 •
Karmazin Blames Doom & Gloom

Mel Karmazin, CEO of Sirius XM Satellite Radio blames a “doom and gloom” fourth quarter for the company’s lackluster results. Satcaster investors were saddled with analyst reports, during the quarter, that it might be unable to meet its debt obligations. Finally, Liberty Media Corp. lent Sirius XM over $500 million while taking a 40% stake […]

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