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Sirius XM Creditors Consider Ejecting Chief

• February 16, 2009 •
Sirius XM Creditors Consider Ejecting Chief

Sirius XM Radio chief executive Mel Karmazin may be removed from his post by creditors if the company files for bankruptcy instead of making a deal to remain operational, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among the satcaster’s options to stay afloat are making deals with either EchoStar or Liberty Media Corp. The New York-based Sirius […]

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Benefit Gala Honors Sweethearts Amy and James Otto

• February 16, 2009 •
Benefit Gala Honors Sweethearts Amy and James Otto

The Nashville State Community College 2009 Sweethearts for Scholarships Gala was held Friday night (2/13) honoring celebrity sweethearts Amy and James Otto. There is also an auction coinciding with the fundraiser for the school’s scholarship program going on at CMTAuctions.com. Starting at $50, and available until Feb. 20, the Love Lyrics auction includes lyrics autographed […]

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Belmont Hosts Events For Wynonna, Industry Execs.

• February 16, 2009 •
Belmont Hosts Events For Wynonna, Industry Execs.

Wynonna mentored Belmont University’s Music Business students last week as part of the school’s The Insider’s View series. Students of a Record Company Operations class produced and promoted the event which also served as a CD release party and concert for her latest release, Sing. On Sat., Feb. 21 Belmont and its music business students […]

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Derek Sholl

• February 13, 2009

“But It Was” CO5 Nashville “But It Was” is Derek Sholl’s newest release to country radio. Penned by Joe Doyle and Tim Johnson, the song appears on Sholl’s album Here, which hit shelves in October 2008. His previous single “(I’ll Be) Here” charted in the top 50 of MusicRow’s CountryBreakout™ chart. Sholl’s journey from pro […]

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Music Marketing Crosses Platforms

• February 13, 2009 •
Music Marketing Crosses Platforms

Cross-promotion and corporate tie-ins are an ever-growing part of the music business. Here are some of the latest and most creative examples, with Disney and 19 Entertainment leading the way. “The American Idol Experience,” a new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, is opening this week. Guests can audition to take the spotlight onstage, […]

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MAC Presents Hires Ruth Gonzalez

• February 13, 2009 •
MAC Presents Hires Ruth Gonzalez

Music sponsorship specialists MAC Presents has added Operations Manager Ruth Gonzalez to its team. She brings more than fifteen years of experience as a talent agent to the Nashville-based firm, including nine years at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, where she was responsible for artists including Jesse McCartney and Ashlee Simpson. She also represented […]

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Flatts Fans Pick New Album Art

• February 13, 2009 •
Flatts Fans Pick New Album Art

Rascal Flatts members Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney revealed the cover for their April 7 release, Unstoppable, before last night’s (2/12) sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The guys selected four finalists for the cover art from thousands of entries submitted through the People’s Choice Awards Web site […]

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Spotify Offers Free Streaming

• February 13, 2009 •

A new online listening service is getting rave reviews from users in Europe. Originally from Sweden and now available in the UK, Spotify allows free ad-supported streaming of personalized playlists. Because the streaming is unlimited, proponents of the system say it provides an incentive not to download illegally. Spotify reportedly has an exceptional catalog through […]

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DISClaimer 2/13/09

• February 13, 2009 •
DISClaimer 2/13/09

This week, the major labels are stepping up to the plate with quality. Mercury has two excellent singles, by the Randy Rogers Band and Holly Williams. Warner Bros. Records is offering us a dandy uptempo by Jessica Harp. Columbia has the DisCovery Award winners, Caitlin & Will. But at the end of the listening session, […]

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TV Goes Country With Cable Guy Roast, New “Crossroads”

• February 12, 2009 •
TV Goes Country With Cable Guy Roast, New "Crossroads"

Larry The Cable Guy will be the subject of much jeering on Comedy Central’s 2009 Roast. On hand to give Larry some good-natured ribbing will be Toby Keith, Jeff Foxworthy, Drew Carey, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, Dan Marino, Jeffrey Ross, and many others to be announced. The show tapes in Los Angeles at […]

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McBride Takes Fresh Approach To New Release

• February 12, 2009 •
McBride Takes Fresh Approach To New Release

Martina McBride decided it was time for a change when she started contemplating her tenth studio album, set for release March 24 on longtime label home RCA Records. She says teaming with chart-topping producer Dann Huff to record Shine forced her out of her comfort zone and rekindled her creativity. “I think it was time […]

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Is Fan Voting The Future? ACM Enlists Fans To Validate Industry Choices

• February 12, 2009 •
Is Fan Voting The Future? ACM Enlists Fans To Validate Industry Choices

Like it is for all Awards shows, the ACM final nominees announcement was a cause of joy and pain for various artists whose names did and did not appear on the coveted list. Some mainstream brands were missing in categories where they seemed essential and a few relative newcomers caught a wave that some might […]

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Investigation Launches For Live Nation/Ticketmaster Merger

• February 11, 2009 •

The Justice Department has begun an antitrust investigation into the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger. Many lawmakers, fans and artists believe that combining the two huge companies would result in unfair competition, giving one powerhouse too much control over the live entertainment industry. The federal agency is moving forward with the inquiry after only one day, […]

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Bentley Lands At No. 1; Plus Latest Country Certifications

• February 11, 2009 •
Bentley Lands At No. 1; Plus Latest Country Certifications

Dierks Bentley’s fourth studio album, Feel That Fire, tops the new SoundScan country albums chart with first-week sales of over 71,000 units. It racked up enough scans to also secure the No. 3 spot on the all-genre chart. The lead single and title track recently finished a multi-week run at the pinnacle of MusicRow’s Country […]

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Adkins Onboard With Opry’s New Ad Campaign

• February 11, 2009 •
Adkins Onboard With Opry's New Ad Campaign

Grand Ole Opry member Trace Adkins, whose marketing savvy earned him a Top 2 finish on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice last year, is using some of that same know-how to assist the Opry. He actively participated as a consultant in the development of the show’s new marketing campaign which features print, online, and outdoor components. Adkins […]

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Rimes To Receive ACM Humanitarian Honor

• February 11, 2009 •
Rimes To Receive ACM Humanitarian Honor

LeAnn Rimes will be the 2009 recipient of the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5. During her career, she has served as the International Spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network, supported Camp C.O.P.E. for children of wounded veterans, and […]

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ACM Off-Camera Nominations

• February 11, 2009 •

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – NATIONAL Blair Garner, After MidNite with Blair Garner Crook & Chase, Crook and Chase Countdown Danny Wright, Danny Wright All Night Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET KEEY‐FM (Minneapolis, MN) Donna Valentine, Muss and Fish KSCS‐FM (Arlington, TX) Dorsey Gang KSON‐FM (San […]

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ACM Nominations Announced

• February 11, 2009 •

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 44th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR™ * * * * FANS WILL VOTE AGAIN FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR; TOP NEW ARTIST CATEGORY FAN VOTED FOR FIRST TIME EVER; TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS; SUNDAY, APRIL 5th AT 8:00 […]

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Craig Morgan Riding For Charity

• February 10, 2009 •
Craig Morgan Riding For Charity

Craig Morgan is planning a concert, motocross and 4-wheeler ride to benefit local charities in his hometown of Dickson, Tenn. The Craig Morgan Charity Ride will be held Tues., March 31, and will also mark the official launch of his Craig Morgan Fund. Participants will join professional motocross riders, and celebrities including Morgan and Bucky […]

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“Legends and Lyrics” Show To Tape In Nashville

• February 10, 2009 •
"Legends and Lyrics" Show To Tape In Nashville

Public Television show Legends and Lyrics will be taping its new season in Nashville on Feb. 20-23 with performers ranging from Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) to Amy Lee (Evanescence). The show honors songwriters and recording artists, including acclaimed hitmakers and rising newcomers. On the diverse line-up for the in-the-round tapings are Mac Davis, Lamont Dozier […]

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