Big Green Ringtones, IBMA, and More

aldeaNJason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” is in its fourth consecutive week at the top of iTunes’ all-genre ringtone chart. Additionally, among Verizon’s 84 million subscribers, it is this week’s No. 1 most downloaded ringtone, in front of such megastars as The Black Eyes Peas, Mariah Carey and the late Michael Jackson. Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” is consistently more than doubling any other country song on the Ringscan chart.


Del McCoury and Alan O’Bryant will announce the final nominees for the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at a press conference on Thurs., Aug. 13 at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater. IBMA Hall of Fame inductees and Distinguished Achievement Award honorees will also be announced.  The awards show will take place on Thurs., Oct. 1, at the Ryman Auditorium. An all-star collaboration of reigning and former IBMA Award recipients, including Dailey & Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Adam Steffey, Stuart Duncan, Scott Vestal, Phil Leadbetter, Josh Williams and Mike Bub, will perform at the press conference.


Clear Channel will start selling ads for Pandora, with its ad sales rep firm Katz Media Group handling the placements. This is significant because online radio station Pandora is expanding its inventory beyond simple display advertising into in-stream audio advertising, a growing market. The free radio service credits the addition of in-stream audio inventory for its ongoing sales growth.


JB Rocket and Steel Magnolia are the last duos remaining on CMT’s Can You Duet. After weeks of  auditions and performances in front of a live audience, the winning duo will be announced on Sat., Aug. 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Hosted by CMT’s Lance Smith, Can You Duet’s panel of celebrity and expert judge/mentors includes Naomi Judd, Big Kenny, and Big Machine Records’ President Scott Borchetta. JB Rocket were paired by the judges. The winning duo will record an album to be released by Big Machine Records.

Sugarland: Live on the Inside airs tonight, (8/3) from 7-8 PM/CT on ABC. Tomorrow, the Grammy winning duo will release their CD/DVD set, entitled Live On The Inside, exclusively at Walmart.


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