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Hall Of Fame Comes Alive For CMA Music Fest

• May 28, 2009 •
Hall Of Fame Comes Alive For CMA Music Fest

When country fans converge on Nashville in June for the CMA Music Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will be greeting them with special programs and events, including performances and autograph signings with some of country’s most popular artists. During Music Fest week, the Museum will debut a new series, Live from […]

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Time Warner Sheds AOL

• May 28, 2009 •
Time Warner Sheds AOL

After spending nearly a decade trying to build a new-age media empire, Time Warner is spinning out AOL as a separate Internet company run by former Google advertising executive Tim Armstrong. He was hired in March to try to revive the brand once known as America Online. Time Warner owns 95 percent of AOL and […]

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Borchetta and Big Kenny Judge Duets

• May 28, 2009 •
Borchetta and Big Kenny Judge Duets

Big & Rich’s Big Kenny and Big Machine Records President and CEO Scott Borchetta will join Naomi Judd as judges on the second season of CMT’s Can You Duet. Hosted by CMT’s Lance Smith, the weekly music competition series is looking to find country music’s next great duo and award them a record deal with […]

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CMA Taking Submissions for 2009 Broadcast Awards

• May 28, 2009 •
CMA Taking Submissions for 2009 Broadcast Awards

The Country Music Association is now accepting online submissions for the 2009 CMA Broadcast Awards for Broadcast Personality, Station, and National Broadcast Personality of the Year at Broadcast.CMAawards.com. The site will continue to accept submissions now through 5:00 PM/CT, June 25. Categories for submission include Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year in four different […]

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Little Big Town Rides For A Cure

• May 28, 2009 •
Little Big Town Rides For A Cure

Little Big Town is set to host Ride For A Cure on Sunday, June 14, benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. The event, presented by Roberts and Lyons, marks the third year of Little Big Town’s involvement and features a motorcycle ride from the Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs to the Harley-Davidson of Columbia, a barbecue lunch […]

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Will Watermarking Deter Piracy?

• May 28, 2009 •
Will Watermarking Deter Piracy?

The Digital Watermarking Alliance (DWA) has announced findings from a recently commissioned survey on piracy deterrence. The study, conducted by media and technology measurement and market research firm Interpret, aimed to determine whether the inclusion of Digital Serial Numbers (DSNs) in online content would deter illegal file sharing. The results showed that DSNs would deter […]

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Lawrence Brings “The Rock” To the Troops

• May 27, 2009 •
Lawrence Brings "The Rock" To the Troops

Just weeks away from the official street date of his latest release, The Rock, Rocky Comfort Records artist Tracy Lawrence has announced a Military World Premiere of the album. In an exclusive pre-release celebration, Lawrence will participate in a special two-day event, delivering his new CD personally to military personnel at Norfolk Naval Station and […]

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Foxworthy, Strait, McBride and Honky Tonk TV

• May 27, 2009 •
Foxworthy, Strait, McBride and Honky Tonk TV

Foxworthy Countdown Celebrates 10 Years This weekend, May 30 and 31, marks the 10th anniversary of The Jeff Foxworthy Countdown. Debuting in 1999, the weekly four-hour radio show features the current Top 30 country hits as well as interviews with top country artists. Airing on nearly 300 radio stations nationwide, The Jeff Foxworthy Countdown can […]

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Blacktop Re-signs Dodson and Yeary

• May 27, 2009 •
Blacktop Re-signs Dodson and Yeary

Blacktop Music Group’s Mike Sebastian has announced the re-signing of hit songwriters Marty Dodson and Jimmy Yeary. Dodson’s latest chart-topper is Kenny Chesney‘s No. 1, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven.” He also co-wrote the Billy Currington No. 1, “Must Be Doin’ Something Right.” Yeary has had songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, […]

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Musicians On Call Provides Hope and High Fashion

• May 27, 2009 •
Musicians On Call Provides Hope and High Fashion

Musicians on Call (MOC), an organization with a mission to bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities to enhance the healing process, has enlisted musicians and other volunteers to play for over 136,000 people. MOC continues their mission through room-to-room hospital performances by both local musicians and national celebrities. […]

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Country Music Conference Fetes Journalists

• May 27, 2009 •
Country Music Conference Fetes Journalists

On Friday, May 22, The 26th annual International Country Music Conference honored some of the top authors and journalists in the field of country music at Belmont University. The Belmont Book Award went to Patrick Huber for his book, Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South.The University of Illinois Press received […]

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WMBA Presents Annual Awards

• May 26, 2009 •
WMBA Presents Annual Awards

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) recently celebrated their 2009 Annual Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony at Nashville’s Limelight. Awards were presented to the following WMBA members: Wonder Woman of the Year — Loretta Martin; Miss Congeniality — Sheree Spoltore. Additional award recipients were: Melissa Bollea, Leslie Mitchell, Tarryn Smith, Holly Hefner Nance, Whitney Sutton, […]

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Mark Wills Joins USA Cares To Help Vets

• May 26, 2009 •
Mark Wills Joins USA Cares To Help Vets

Tenacity Records artist Mark Wills is donating a portion of every sale of his next album, 2nd Time Around (in stores June 16th) to benefit military families through USA Cares, a nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 military families bear the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support. Wills has also created a free USA […]

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12 South Benefit For Second Harvest

• May 26, 2009 •
12 South Benefit For Second Harvest

Guitar maker Gibson Acoustic has joined Nashville musical instrument retailer Corner Music and the 12th South District Merchants of Tennessee for the 1st Annual Benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Saturday, June 6 beginning at 12 noon. The benefit will include a day of performances on the outdoor stage, food […]

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Sean Hogan

• May 26, 2009
Sean Hogan

“Catalina Sunrise” Lakeland Heart Records When Sean Hogan debuted in 1996, his first album release immediately caught the attention of country radio programmers and listeners across Canada. Their reaction earned him the first-ever CCMA Independent Male Artist of The Year Award in 1997. Since then, Hogan has become one of the highest-profiled Canadian singer-songwriters performing […]

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CMT and Rhapsody Team For Charity

• May 22, 2009 •
CMT and Rhapsody Team For Charity

For the second year, CMT One Country, CMT’s pro-social initiative, will reward winners of the 2009 CMT Music Awards by making donations on their behalf to their selected charities. In addition to honoring winners, CMT One Country is partnering with Rhapsody to make donations on behalf of all nominees. From now until Sunday, June 21, […]

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TuneCore and Amazon Team For DIY Artists

• May 22, 2009 •
TuneCore and Amazon Team For DIY Artists

On June 1, TuneCore will launch a new relationship with Amazon.com. Added to its current offering of international digital distribution via Amazon MP3, TuneCore has announced a new service that provides on-demand global physical distribution via CreateSpace; expanded marketing exclusive to TuneCore Artists; and a TuneCore-branded section of Amazon.com. With no upfront manufacturing costs, TuneCore […]

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Blues In Centennial Park This Weekend

• May 22, 2009 •
Blues In Centennial Park This Weekend

Nashville’s Centennial Park will come alive with the sound of the blues on Memorial Day (5/25), with the arrival of the Blues Spring Festival. The free show will feature blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland in the headlining slot. Bland — a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame […]

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Steve Richard

• May 22, 2009
Steve Richard

“Stomp” Steve Richard’s latest single “Stomp,” written and produced by John Rich, is being shipped to country radio stations across the U.S. June 4. The song’s video was shot on May 19 in Watertown, just outside of Nashville, with Roman White (Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift). “Everything Beautiful to Me,” the first single from Richard’s self-titled […]

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WMG/EMI—Here Comes The Bride, again??

• May 21, 2009 •

What do Clear Channel and Terra Firma have in common? They both purchased assets that have declined greatly in value and as a result are struggling to satisfy debt loads that are difficult to support given the current business climate. Terra Firma, which purchased EMI two years ago for $4.7 billion is under stress to […]

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