Archive for November, 2010

John Esposito’s Sister Janis Hitchings Passes

Condolences to Warner Music Nashville Pres. and CEO John Esposito and his family on the passing of his sister Janis Hitchings last week. She had been battling cancer. Funeral services were held today, Nov. 29, at Church Of The Annunciation in Paris, Kentucky. Memorial donations can sent to: St Mary’s School Scholarship Fund St Mary’s […]

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Photos: Shaffer and Cannon, Paisley and Clark, Songwriters In Florida

Late Night With David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer stopped by Vibe 56 Recording Studio last week to add keyboard overdubs to a new Willie Nelson project being produced by Buddy Cannon. Shaffer also performed with Marty Stuart on the Grand Ole Opry the following night. •  •  •  •  • Brad Paisley’s H2O World Tour […]

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“CMA Country Christmas” Airs Tonight

CMA is using funny viral videos to promote tonight’s (11/29) Christmas special on ABC. Marketers visited and dropped in the faces of show performers Martina McBride, Darius Rucker and members of Rascal Flatts. See the clips here and here. Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland hosts CMA Country Christmas, with performances by Sheryl Crow, Little Big […]

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Swift’s TV Special Showcases New Album

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now television special aired on Thanksgiving night (11/25), drawing 4.4 million viewers to NBC during the 8 PM/ET block (according to It came in fourth place among the major networks, with first going to Fox’s NFL game, which ran-over into the 8 PM time slot. Swift’s hour-long special was built around […]

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Memorial For Songwriter Linda Hargrove

A memorial service for songwriter Linda Hargrove will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 8th Ave. S.). She died Sunday, Oct. 24. Hargrove was one of the few female session guitar players in Nashville in the ’70s. She also recorded for three major labels (Elektra, […]

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Weekend Shopping Up Slightly

Early reports from consumer marketing research company the NPD Group show that more people made purchases during the recent Thanksgiving holiday weekend than last year. The number of survey respondents that reported making a purchase, whether in a store or online, is up almost 7 percent over last year. Almost 45 percent told NPD that […]

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BMG To Acquire Chrysalis

It was announced today (11/26) that BMG will acquire Chrysalis Music in a deal valued at approximately $168.6 million. In April, Dale Bobo took office as Executive Vice President, Chrysalis Music Nashville. Among Chrysalis’s Nashville songwriters are Jim McCormick, Victoria Banks, Jeff Stevens and Shelley Skidmore. Among the publisher’s 100,000 copyrights are songs recorded by […]

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Urban Boasts Strong Opening Week

Keith Urban’s sixth studio album, Get Closer, debuted this week with notable sales of over 165,800 units. He promoted the Capitol Nashville release with a whirlwind run including performances on The Today Show and CBS Early Show, as well as “Get Closer Moments” at NYC and Philadelphia train stations. He capped it all off with […]

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Weekly Chart Report (11/24/10)

RADIO NEWS If you can wake yourself after eating too much tomorrow, tune in and listen to Premiere Radio Networks’ After MidNite With Blair Garner. The host will play exclusive audio from his special holiday dinner at the home of CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley. Audio will be available at SPIN ZONE […]

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Tracy Lawrence Turkey Fry; Judds Ride Santa Train

Tracy Lawrence and friends gathered at the Nashville Rescue Mission yesterday (11/23) for the singer’s fifth annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry. Generous donations of turkeys, clothing and cash were collected, totaling almost 800 birds. In addition to feeding those individuals in need at the Nashville Rescue Mission over the next few days, Lawrence and his […]

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Rascal Flatts Debut At No. 1

Rascal Flatts continued its run as the best selling country group of the decade when its first album for Big Machine Records, Nothing Like This, debuted at No. 1 today (11/24) with nearly 165,000 units sold. The project has moved nearly 280,000 digital tracks to date. Nothing Like This entered at No. 6 on the […]

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