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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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Opryland Revs Up With New “Experiences”

• March 13, 2009 •
Opryland Revs Up With New “Experiences”

Gaylord Opryland Resort has announced seven new “Country Music Experiences,” which the hotel is touting as part of “the nation’s most authentic country music vacation.” The new experiences include: Gibson’s Check-In, Rock Out™! — This new program allows guests to create music in their rooms by choosing from a variety of Gibson guitars to lease […]

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Jack White Debuts Nashville HQ and New Band

• March 13, 2009 •
Jack White Debuts Nashville HQ and New Band

Already balancing two successful bands, the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, and various side projects including a recent recording and video shoot with country’s Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe, rock star and Music City resident Jack White has embarked on yet additional adventures. White has established a headquarters for his Third Man Records label and […]

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Idol Audience Presents Marketing Bonanza

• March 12, 2009 •
Idol Audience Presents Marketing Bonanza

American Idol will feature the Grand Ole Opry on March 17/18 and showcase Opry members Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley plus Randy Travis who is also serving as the show’s musical mentor. Sony and Warner Bros. are leveraging the show’s 24+ million audience in some interesting and unconventional ways. Underwood’s recording of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet […]

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Doug Baker Exits RCA

• March 12, 2009 •

Effective today (3/12), RCA Nashville Director of National Promotion Doug Baker has exited the company. With RCA for the past eight years, Baker served as the label’s Director of Southeast Regional Promotion before rising to Director of National Promotion in 2006. Baker’s resume includes stints as National Director of Promotion for Virgin Nashville and Director […]

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Grand Ole Opry Goes Idol

• March 12, 2009 •
Grand Ole Opry Goes Idol

Two American institutions will join forces March 17 and 18 for Opry Week on American Idol, and three of country music’s biggest stars — Brad Paisley, Randy Travis and former Idol champ Carrie Underwood — will be appearing on the country-themed edition of the top-rated reality show. Current Idol contestants will also be singing songs […]

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Digital Summit—High Tech Insights and Great Value

• March 11, 2009 •
Digital Summit—High Tech Insights and Great Value

Tickets are still available for Leadership Music’s annual Digital Summit, which will take over Belmont University’s Curb Event Center March 23-25. While it’s widely recognized as one of the most essential and informative events in the digital music arena, what may not be so widely known is that, for attendees, this summit is one heck […]

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Robbins Nashville Drops In-House Promo Dept.; Moves To Outsource

• March 11, 2009 •
Robbins Nashville Drops In-House Promo Dept.; Moves To Outsource

Robbins Nashville’s decision  to outsource its promotion department resulted in the departure today (3/11) of promo executives VP Tony Benken (tunegoon@comcast.net) and Dir. National Promotion Joe Redmond (joeredmond@juno.com). Observers may interpret this move to mean that the label’s life line is shrinking, but Music Row has learned it is more likely an economic-driven leap toward […]

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Sales Down, Hopes Up—3/11/09

• March 11, 2009 •
Sales Down, Hopes Up—3/11/09

Sales for the week ended 3/8/2009 were only notable if your artist is called U2 who debuted at the top of the list with a remarkable (especially in this day and age) showing of 484,000 units. Equally impressive was the band’s higher-than-normal digital share which equaled 32%. Neko Case’s No. 3 Top 200 chart debut […]

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More Stars, Local Access Come To CMA Fest

• March 11, 2009 •
More Stars, Local Access Come To CMA Fest

Leaders of the Country Music Association, the Metro Government of Nashville, and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau gathered at the Metro Courthouse today (3/11), to announce new plans for 2009 CMA Music Festival including the addition of a new stage on the Public Square in front of the Courthouse and free access for the […]

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Mark Chesnutt

• March 11, 2009
Mark Chesnutt

“She Never Got Me Over You” Lofton Creek Responding to demand from radio, Mark Chesnutt‘s new single “She Never Got Me Over You” is being rush-released. Several stations, including WFMS/Indianapolis and KFTX/Corpus Christi, have already added it. It garnered 21 adds on MusicRow‘s CountryBreakout™ chart in its first week of being reported. Beaumont, Texas, native […]

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