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CMA Says “Here Come The Judds”

• April 23, 2009 •
CMA Says “Here Come The Judds”

Plans continue to come together for the 2009 CMA Music Festival, and now comes the announcement that the CMA will add country stars Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Wynonna (with a special appearance by The Judds) to the performance lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. “Rascal Flatts remains one of today’s great musical […]

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Full Circle Signs Hitmaker Bob Regan

• April 22, 2009 •
  Full Circle Signs Hitmaker Bob Regan

Full Circle Music Publishing has announced the signing of Grammy-nominated hit-maker Bob Regan. Regan has the current BomShel single, “Fight Like a Girl,” and a 2009 Grammy nomination for “Dig Two Graves,” recorded by Randy Travis. Regan has had over 200 songs recorded, with hits including “You’re Everything” (Keith Urban), “Something About a Woman” (Jake […]

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Playboy Presents Jamey Johnson “Uncovered”

• April 22, 2009 •
Playboy Presents Jamey Johnson “Uncovered”

You never know where you’re going to run into ACM Song of the Year winner Jamey Johnson. The editors of Playboy magazine recently caught up with the hirsute singer/songwriter at Music Row watering hole Loser’s Bar. The magazine featured Johnson in an online segment called “Uncovered.” Sitting at the bar — fully clothed — Johnson […]

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Presenting Randy Houser … and Drake!

• April 22, 2009 •
Presenting Randy Houser ... and Drake!

For several weeks, country fans have been watching and forwarding a YouTube video of a 4-year-old named Drake lip syncing Randy Houser’s new hit single “Boots On,” (currently  the  fastest climbing single in the Top 25 by a new artist). Drake’s nanny captured the young performer on video when he was in his car seat […]

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Debt Load Chafes Clear Channel

• April 21, 2009 •
Debt Load Chafes Clear Channel

Clear Channel Communications went private last July after being purchased by THL Partners and Bain Capitol. In the process, the company’s debt load greatly increased. Last week CCC released a preliminary filing stating that its first quarter revenue had fallen 23% to $1.2 billion while at the same time its debt increased trifold to $21 […]

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Music City Comes Together For Nashville4Africa

• April 21, 2009 •
Music City Comes Together For Nashville4Africa

Tomorrow night (4/22), at 7:00 PM, a great lineup of Nashville artists will join the famed African Children’s Choir and The Lost Boys of Sudan for a Night of Hope at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Big & Rich’s Kenny Alphin and Nashville singer/songwriter Damien Horne will host the inaugural Nashville4Africa benefit concert. The event will […]

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CMA Announces Daytime Stage Festival Lineup

• April 21, 2009 •
CMA Announces Daytime Stage Festival Lineup

With festivities beginning June 11, the CMA Music Festival is closer than you think. And fans will be clamoring for the opportunity to get up close and personal with a great lineup of artists at the free Daytime Stage at Riverfront Park concerts. Acknowledging the current economic climate, CMA is offering all four days of […]

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Gold Records, Sweet Talk, a Paisley Baby and More

• April 21, 2009 •
Gold Records, Sweet Talk, a Paisley Baby and More

Two Go Gold Jamey Johnson and the Zac Brown Band, ACM Award winners for Song of the Year and Top New Group respectively, have both been certified Gold for sales exceeding 500,000 for their debut albums. Johnson’s critically lauded That Lonesome Song has spent 20 weeks inside the top ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums […]

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David Haley Debuts Edgehill Music and Media

• April 20, 2009 •
David Haley Debuts Edgehill Music and Media

Music industry veteran David Haley has announced the debut of Edgehill Music and Media. Haley is well known for his long tenure at MCA Nashville, where he was an integral part of the team that was named “Label of the Decade” in the 1990’s. At Edgehill Music and Media, Haley will offer “a quicker avenue […]

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Three Execs Added To CRB Board

• April 20, 2009 •
Three Execs Added To CRB Board

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® President Becky Brenner has appointed three new executives to the CRB Board of Directors, two from the radio industry and one from the music industry. Following this year’s CRS-40, revisions to the CRB by-laws created three additional, one-year positions on the Board. The new appointees are Johnny Chiang, OM, Cox Radio […]

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Canadian Country Coming To Vancouver

• April 20, 2009 •
Canadian Country Coming To Vancouver

Plans are coming together for the 2009 Canadian Country Music Awards, and it looks to be another exciting year for the event. This year’s CCMA’s will be held Sept. 13 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, concluding four days of music industry activities known as Country Music Week. The annual celebration brings together […]

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Nine Inch Nails’ iPhone Connection

• April 20, 2009 •
Nine Inch Nails’ iPhone Connection

Trent Reznor, the music man behind shock rockers Nine Inch Nails, has introduced a NIN iPhone app, which is now available on Apple’s App Store. Working with NIN’s art director, Robert Sheridan, Reznor developed the new app after a backstage iphone encounter with fans. Realizing the fans were using their iPhones to send photos from […]

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Hulu Meets iPhone

• April 20, 2009 •
Hulu Meets iPhone

Ad Age reports that video website Hulu is developing a video app for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch that may reach the marketplace within a few months. The video will work over both Wi-Fi and 3G. While there are other web video apps for the iPhone currently on the market — including CBS’s TV.com, Joost, […]

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DISClaimer (4/17/09)

• April 20, 2009 •
DISClaimer (4/17/09)

There are several ear-opening performances in this week’s new releases. Hank Williams Jr. is singing his face off on a striking song about our troubled economy. The Oak Ridge Boys have left their classic sound completely behind on an almost anguished-sounding reading of The White Stripes rock song “Seven Nation Army.” As a producer, Tony […]

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DISClaimer (4/10/09)

• April 20, 2009 •
DISClaimer (4/10/09)

I love a good cry. There’s something so purifying and soul-cleansing about it. And it has long been my contention that people love to weep as much as they love to laugh when consuming popular culture. Think of every sad movie you’ve ever cherished. At any rate, Mac McAnally opened my tear ducts this week. […]

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DISClaimer (4/3/09)

• April 20, 2009 •
DISClaimer (4/3/09)

Let’s get the necessary stuff over with first. The only clear choice for Disc of the Day is Lee Ann Womack and her great performance of  “Solitary Thinkin.’” The clear choice, at least to me, for a DisCovery Award is Mammouth Jack, whoever that is. But the real news of the week is being made […]

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Review: Aldean Anchors Adventurous Collection

• April 19, 2009 •
Review: Aldean Anchors Adventurous Collection

California-based Broken Bow Records arguably hasn’t yet done much for the Nashville community, but Wide Open, from its flagship artist Jason Aldean, scored impressive first week sales (109k) and is clearly boosting confidence in country’s fan connection. Radio is on board, too. Music Row named the Macon, Georgia native its Artist of the Year (Mid-Size […]

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Mrs. Paisley Had a Baby!

• April 17, 2009 •
Mrs. Paisley Had a Baby!

Reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, welcomed their second child, a healthy baby boy  today (4/17), at a Nashville area hospital. The Paisley’s firstborn son, William Huckleberry, aka “Huck” was born in February, 2007.

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ACM Ratings Jump 21 Percent

• April 17, 2009 •
ACM Ratings Jump 21 Percent

The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards significantly increased its ratings for the second consecutive year. The show’s ratings were up 21% overall from 2008, drawing nearly 15 million viewers and earning the top spot for the night for the CBS Television Network during every hour of the April 5 telecast. The Awards brought […]

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Martina’s Wine, B&D’s M&Ms, Bluebird Gets “Amplified” and More

• April 17, 2009 •
Martina’s Wine, B&D’s M&Ms, Bluebird Gets “Amplified” and More

Following the lead of country star Kix Brooks, Martina McBride has launched her own line of wines. McBride has teamed with Blackbird Vineyards Napa Valley to announce the debut of the 2006 Martina McBride “Signature Series” Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine. “I’ve been able to taste incredible wines while traveling the world on tour,” McBride […]

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