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ACM Awards Adds Performers

• March 26, 2009 •

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Lady Antebellum, Miley Cyrus, Jamey Johnson, Reba McEntire, John Rich and Lee Ann Womack are scheduled to perform as part of the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. They join previously announced performers Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Taylor […]

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Black River’s Sarah Darling Goes To Video School

• March 26, 2009 •
Black River's Sarah Darling Goes To Video School

Black River Music Group artist Sarah Darling is taking an innovative, hands-on approach to promoting the songs from her upcoming album, Every Monday Morning. The rollout of the album will include full-length videos for several tracks created by some of the top film schools in the country and overseen by veteran director Ryan Smith. Black […]

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Dan Seals Passes

• March 26, 2009 •
Dan Seals Passes

Nashville pop and country star Dan Seals has died at age 61. “Dan lost a two-year battle with lymphoma,” reported his longtime friend and manager Tony Gottlieb. “He was a beautiful man.” Seals sang the Country Music Association’s 1986 Single of the Year, the upbeat, nostalgic “Bop.” It was also a significant pop-crossover chart success. […]

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Little Darlin’ Producer Aubrey Mayhew Passes

• March 26, 2009 •

Veteran record producer and songwriter Aubrey Mayhew died last weekend at a Nashville hospice facility. He was 81. Over the course of his long and storied career Mayhew worked with a wide range of artists that ran from country outlaw Johnny Paycheck to Hollywood leading man Clint Eastwood all the way to jazz legend Charlie […]

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ACM and CBS.com Spotlight Gloriana

• March 25, 2009 •
ACM and CBS.com Spotlight Gloriana

Country newcomers Gloriana have been tapped by the ACM to document their first trip to the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas for an exclusive web series at CBS.com. The group will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to their first ACM experience, including a radio tour performance, their […]

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American Idol Powers Country Sales

• March 25, 2009 •
American Idol Powers Country Sales

This week’s SoundScan action centers on the amazing power of American Idol. Execs will recall that AI featured the Grand Ole Opry last week and more specifically, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. So how did they do? Probably no surprise to anyone, Carrie led the sales pack. Her duet with Randy Travis, “I […]

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CMA Festival Adds Five More Performers

• March 25, 2009 •
CMA Festival Adds Five More Performers

The Country Music Association has added five more artists to the CMA Music Festival lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen, and Taylor Swift will join previously announced LP Field performers Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, […]

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UK Songwriters Post Online Response To Google

• March 25, 2009 •

British songwriters and composers have launched a new website — www.fairplayforcreators.com — to highlight concerns over the use of their work on the Internet. The site, an online forum set up by UK performing rights society PRS For Music, was created in response to the March 9 decision by Google to block access to premium […]

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Messina Set to “Shine” for Earth Hour 2009

• March 25, 2009 •
Messina Set to “Shine” for Earth Hour 2009

Nashville Earth Hour 2009 celebrity spokeswoman Jo Dee Messina will debut her new single, “Shine,” in the dark. The Curb artist will perform for the crowd gathered at Nashville’s Sommet Center Plaza moments after Nashville’s Lower Broadway and major skyscrapers go dark to celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM/CT. More than […]

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More Layoffs at Gibson Guitar

• March 25, 2009 •
More Layoffs at Gibson Guitar

Gibson Guitar has announced that it will lay off 70 workers. News of these additional layoffs comes on the heels of an earlier announcement that the company would lay off 50 workers worldwide. At the time of that announcement, the company pointed out that the move involved less than 5 percent of the company’s total […]

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Owen Upped at Universal

• March 24, 2009 •
Owen Upped at Universal

Universal Music Nashville’s Jason Owen has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Artist Development and Marketing for the label. In his new position, Owen will wear many hats. In addition to directing all publicity, creative and video activities for MCA and Mercury Nashville, he will also oversee the digital and marketing departments for both […]

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ACM Announces Off-Camera Winners

• March 24, 2009 •
ACM Announces Off-Camera Winners

The Academy of Country Music has announced winners of awards that will not be televised during the live telecast of the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on April 5. Dolly Parton will receive the Jim Reeves International Award, presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout […]

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Oprah Hosts Country

• March 24, 2009 •
Oprah Hosts Country

Oprah is calling it the country lineup of the year. She will be be taping a special country music themed show later this week featuring Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker. “Are you a fan of good country music?” she asks. “Is country music the soundtrack of your life?” All four acts will […]

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New Zealand Govt Rejects Copyright Law

• March 24, 2009 •

The New Zealand government has rejected legislation that would have required Internet service providers to terminate accounts of chronic copyright offenders. In a defeat for content owners, the government announced that they would scrap a key section of the legislation, which was due to be implemented this Friday (3/27). Although both the copyright owners and […]

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Vassar Joins Hallmark To Feed The Children

• March 24, 2009 •
Vassar Joins Hallmark To Feed The Children

Universal Records South artist Phil Vassar will be featured on Feed The Children’s one-hour special on Hallmark Channel’s Americans Feeding Americans this Wednesday (3/25) at 6 PM/CT.  Americans Feeding Americans reaches out to viewers to help Feed The Children in their ongoing effort to get emergency food to families caught in the current economic crisis. […]

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AARP Magazine Spotlights Dolly

• March 24, 2009 •
AARP Magazine Spotlights Dolly

The ever-youthful Dolly Parton is no stranger to magazine covers, but the singer’s appearance on the cover of the May/June issue of AARP Magazine may turn a few grey heads. In the cover story, Parton, 63, is candid about growing up poor, never having children, and clearing up rumors about her closest relationships. She also […]

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Mechanical Royalties Suffer

• March 24, 2009 •
Mechanical Royalties Suffer

U.S. music rights licensing organization The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), announced today that its 2008 royalty collections from all sources was $307.1 million, a 22% decline from 2007. Also in 2008, HFA issued over 2.44 million mechanical licenses, a 62% increase over 2007. Digital downloads also increased, by almost 47% over 2007, bringing the […]

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EMI Digital Chief Merrill To Exit

• March 23, 2009 •
EMI Digital Chief Merrill To Exit

EMI Music announced today (3/23), that its President of Digital Music, Douglas Merrill will leave the company as its digital unit is integrated into its main operations. Formerly with Google, Inc., Merrill has been with EMI less than a year. EMI has promoted Cory Ondrejka to the newly created title of Executive Vice President of […]

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Lifenotes: Ted Jarrett and Ed Dye

• March 23, 2009 •

Ted Jarrett As a recording artist, songwriter, producer, manager and record label executive, Ted Jarrett was one of the leading figures of the Nashville R&B community. He died Saturday, March 21, at age 83. Jarrett’s many contributions were highlighted by the award-winning 2004-2005 Night Train to Nashville exhibit and record albums by the Country Music […]

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Dolly Unveils Sha-Kon-O-Hey!

• March 23, 2009 •
Dolly Unveils Sha-Kon-O-Hey!

East Tennessee native Dolly Parton, official ambassador of the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has released a new eight-song CD entitled Sha-Kon-O-Hey! to benefit Friends of the Smokies. The CD retails for $10, $8 of which Parton will donate to the nonprofit organization that is devoted to protecting the Smokies. The Sha-Kon-O-Hey! […]

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