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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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Are Ticketers Getting Greedy?

• March 11, 2009 •
Are Ticketers Getting Greedy?

Using Neil Diamond’s last summer New York Madison Square dates as an example, the Wall Street Journal recently pointed to the scalper-like practice known as ticket reselling. Under this scenario, done with the approval and full knowledge of the artist and manager involved, a limited number of the best seats are withheld from normal sale […]

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Underwood Croons Mötley Crüe for American Idol

• March 10, 2009 •
Underwood Croons Mötley Crüe for American Idol

ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has recorded a version of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” for the upcoming season of American Idol. Beginning with the March 11 episode, the song will air each week as the farewell theme for contestants leaving the show. “Home Sweet Home” will release as an exclusive iTunes […]

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Social Nets Get Facelifts

• March 10, 2009 •

Twitter, home to about 6 million users, recently started to introduce design tweaks aimed at making the service more relevant and allowing users easier access to search across trends and more. The new features are spreading slowly, for example they still haven’t arrived on the Music Row Twitter page, but as they move throughout the […]

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Preston to Be Honored, Womack to Perform at Martell Foundation Honors Gala

• March 10, 2009 •
Preston to Be Honored, Womack to Perform at Martell Foundation Honors Gala

Lee Ann Womack will join pop star Michael Bolton in performing at the inaugural Martell Foundation Honors Gala on March 25 to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. The black-tie event, which will take place at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Plaza hotel, will honor four individuals for their humanitarian, philanthropic and career achievements, including former Vice President […]

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Here Come Some New Flatts Tracks

• March 10, 2009 •
Here Come Some New Flatts Tracks

Rascal Flatts will make four new songs available from their upcoming CD, Unstoppable, in advance of the project’s April 7 release. Starting today (3/10), iTunes will feature  “Here Comes Goodbye,” the album’s debut single and music video. In addition, Rascal Flatts will pre-release three additional songs from the album via iTunes each consecutive Tuesday leading […]

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Chesney Rolls Out The “Keg” At Nashville’s Exit In

• March 10, 2009 •
Chesney Rolls Out The “Keg” At Nashville’s Exit In

Kenny Chesney and band have been busy rehearsing for their upcoming Sun City Carnival Tour, but even country superstars need a break once in a while. Fortunately for music fans, Chesney’s idea of a break is playing unannounced, no-holds-barred gigs at clubs throughout the Southeast. With another year of stadiums and arenas in his immediate […]

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Writer/Publisher Buzz

• March 9, 2009 •
Writer/Publisher Buzz

Songwriter D. Vincent Williams has opened Black Ink Music Publishing, a Nashville-based independent music publisher. A former staff writer for Warner-Chappell Music, Williams has penned hits including ACM Song of the Year “I’m Movin’ On,” recorded by Rascal Flatts, and James Otto’s recent No. 1, “Just Got Started Loving You.” He will serve as the […]

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Team McGraw Strikes With “Bowling for Brains”

• March 9, 2009 •
Team McGraw Strikes With “Bowling for Brains”

The Tug McGraw Foundation, founded in memory of pitcher Tug McGraw to fund brain tumor research, has announced its return to Nashville’s Country Music Marathon & 1/2  Marathon on Saturday, April 25. As a warmup for the big race, Team McGraw, an endurance sports training program that raises money and increases awareness for the Foundation, […]

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Hall of Fame, Dolly Unplugged & Sheila E. Goes Country

• March 9, 2009 •
Hall of Fame, Dolly Unplugged & Sheila E. Goes Country

Ray Talks Hank The legendary Ray Price visited the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum recently (3/7) to share memories of his close friend and mentor, Hank Williams. The interview was hosted by WSM-AM radio personality Eddie Stubbs and was presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, co-Presented […]

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Godin Warns Radio At CRS

• March 9, 2009 •
Godin Warns Radio At CRS

Seth Godin describes himself as “bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change.” (sethgodin.typepad.com) Judging by the intensity and depth of his CRS Keynote address (3/4) his quote seems accurate. Godin has written ten bestselling books including Tribes, Purple Cow and Meatball Sundae plus holds an MBA from Stanford University. The speaker began by suggesting that […]

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Injured Jewel Dancing With the Stars, NOT

• March 6, 2009 •
Injured Jewel Dancing With the Stars, NOT

She was psyched for the competition, but Jewel’s appearance on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars has been cancelled due to injuries. The singer collapsed during early rehearsals for the top-rated dance show. What was initially thought to be an attack of tendonitis or ligament strains turned out to be much more serious — fractured tibia […]

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