Archive for December, 2009

NYE Bash on Broadway With Rodney Atkins

Nashville’s big New Year’s Eve celebration tonight (12/31/09) will go on regardless of a frigid forecast. The street party will close Lower Broadway and headliner Rodney Atkins will cap five hours of live music with a string of hits. The free public event will include a Guitar Drop at midnight, and a large fireworks display. […]

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GAC Fans Pick Year’s Top Videos

Each night this week, GAC is revealing part of its fan-voted list of the Top 50 Videos of 2009. The network has divulged the top 10 videos, but not the order. Carrie Underwood is the only artist to score two videos in the ’09 top 10. The Top 50 Videos of 2009 countdown is hosted […]

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Holiday Photos: George Jones, Big Machine, More

George Jones’ wife Nancy commissioned a comical portrait of her husband’s infamous John Deere ride from visual artist and singer Ronnie McDowell, who delivered it on Christmas Day. —————————– Big Machine’s Mandy McCormack and The Valory Music Co.’s Miranda Williams dressed the part for their shifts at the Big Machine Label Group kiosk at Cool […]

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Covington Donates To Arthritis Foundation

Bucky Covington made a big donation to the Arthritis Foundation’s Tennessee Chapter last night (12/29) before his performance at the newly renovated Hard Rock Cafe Nashville. The singer won $25,000 earlier this year with an appearance on CMT’s Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and was glad to turn the money over to one […]

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Sales Surge; One Week Remains

Santa’s sold-out annual tour has ended for 2009, but the SoundScan numbers continue on….for one more week that is. That’s right, in a move akin to a leap-year type calendar correction,  the 2009 SS reports will include 53 weeks instead of just 52. All Genre Sales Susan Boyle’s debut CD continued to churn, scanning over […]

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Paperless Ticket Sales Pass 1 Million

Ticketmaster has crossed the one million mark for paperless ticket sales. The paperless option is designed to limit reselling of tickets and provide fans with access to tickets at the original face price set by the artist, team and/or promoter. Being environmentally friendly is an added bonus. The first 100% paperless arena tour was the […]

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Lifenotes: Frances Bellamy; Ed Palmer

Frances Bellamy, mother of Howard and David Bellamy of The Bellamy Brothers, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2009. She was 85. Services were private. David Bellamy says, “Thank you to everyone for all the kind thoughts and prayers.” Online condolences may be semt [email protected] Donations in Frances Bellamy’s memory can be made at www.hospicecare.com. […]

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ZBB Rocks Ryman With 2-Night Stand

The Zac Brown Band played a two-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium this week. The sold-out shows on Sunday (12/27) and Monday (12/28) included guests such as Joey & Rory and Mac McAnally. Besides offering crowd-pleasing hits like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Chicken Fried” and “Toes,” Zac and company took the opportunity to […]

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Kira Florita Exits Leadership Music

[Press Release with analysis below] Kira Florita has submitted her resignation as executive director of Leadership Music, the Leadership Music Board of Directors announced today.  Her resignation will become effective on Jan. 18, 2010; however, Florita will remain engaged as a consultant to assist with the transition to a new management team. A 30-year music […]

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Year’s Top AMA Albums; Ford Embraces HD Radio

The Americana Music Association has compiled a list of its Top 100 Albums of 2009, as reported to the organization’s chart from 11/17/2008 through 11/16/2009. The complete Top 100 list is available here… The Top 10 most played albums, as charted on the Americana Airplay Chart are: 1. Buddy & Julie Miller 2. Steve Earle […]

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Keith Ends Decade On Top

In 1993, Toby Keith’s debut single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” rose to the top of the charts, christening a career that has garnered ample recognition, fame and fortune. This year the singer/songwriter has been honored by Billboard as its Top Country Artist and Songwriter of the Decade. Keith also ranked No. 3 on the publication’s […]

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