Red Light To Manage Wynette Legacy

Red Light Management will partner with Bicycle Music and its affiliate, The AF Circle C Fund, to exploit Tammy Wynette’s name, likeness and image rights. Through its affiliate the AF Circle C Fund, Bicycle Music controls substantial copyright interests in Wynette’s catalog of works and master recordings as well as her name, likeness, image rights and trademarks (Stand By Your Man™, Tammy Wynette™, and First Lady of Country Music™).
“Tammy Wynette will always be one of the greatest and most influential artists in country music, a true icon,” said Bicycle CEO Roger Miller. “We are dedicated to preserving her legacy and ensuring that the world will continue to enjoy her music and her image for generations to come.”
“Having worked with Tammy in the mid to late ’80s, it’s undeniable the influence she had not only on country music, but across so many spectrums of the industry”, said Red Light Management’s Fletcher Foster. “Along with a massive catalog of hits, she broke ground as one of the first country artists to tour overseas. She appeared on MTV in the ‘90s with an international #1 dance hit. Her voice still defines country music, and her legacy earns her the title of ‘the First Lady of Country Music’.”
Born in Mississippi, Wynette dreamed of appearing on the Grand Ole Opry from an early age, inspired by her father, a sharecropper and part-time musician. She moved to Nashville in 1966 and was signed by producer Billy Sherrill. Their legendary partnership resulted in 35 No. 1 hits, including “My Elusive Dreams” (her first chart-topper), “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” “D-I-V-O-R-CE” and her trademark song, “Stand By Your Man.”

The Revolution Continues For Miranda Lambert

Columbia Nashville’s Miranda Lambert is preparing to hit the road again through 2011. The Revolution Continues tour will pick up February 24 in St. Louis, featuring special guests Justin Moore and Josh Kelley. Additionally, Lambert will join Alan Jackson for his first Australian tour in March, which is already sold out. Full dates are included below.
Lambert is also nominated in three categories at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, bringing her career total to six. She’s slated to perform at the show, which will air 7-10:30 pm CT Sunday, Feb. 13 on CBS.
Miranda Solo Dates:
February 16 — San Antonio Rodeo – AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)
February 18 & 19 — Billy Bob’s (Ft. Worth, TX)
March 16 — Houston Rodeo – Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX)

With Justin Moore and Josh Kelley:

February 24 — Chaifetz Arena (St. Louis, MO)
February 25 — Roberts Stadium (Evansville, IN)
February 26 — McLeod Center (Cedar Falls, IA)
March 24 — Allen County War Memorial (Ft. Wayne, IN)
March 25 — Eastern Kentucky Expo Center (Pikeville, KY)
March 26 — Knoxville Civic Coliseum (Knoxville, TN)
March 27 — West Virginia University Coliseum (Morgantown, WV)
April 7 — Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, OK)
April 8 — Ford County Events Center (Dodge City, KS)
April 9 — Pershing Auditorium (Lincoln, NE)
April 14 — Germain Arena (Estero, FL)
April 15 — St. Augustine Amphitheater (St. Augustine, FL)
April 16 — Wickham Park Pavilion (Melbourne, FL)
Australia dates with Alan Jackson:
March 4 — Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne, Australia)
March 6 — CMC Rocks The Hunter Festival (Hunter Valley, Australia)
March 7 — Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia)
March 10 – 12 — Brisbane Entertainment Centre (Brisbane, Australia)

CRS News: UMG Luncheon, Digital Rodeo Party

CRS 2011 will be held March 2-4, 2011, at the Nashville Convention Center.
>>For the second year in a row, Universal Music Group Nashville is hosting a lunchtime show for CRS attendees at the Ryman Auditorium.
The event on Wed., March 2, 2011, will feature Gary Allan, Laura Bell Bundy, Hayes Carll, Coldwater Jane, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Dani Flowers, Vince Gill, Mallary Hope, Jamey Johnson, Josh Kelley, Randy Montana, Kip Moore, David Nail, Randy Rogers Band, Ashton Shepherd, Canaan Smith, Sugarland, Josh Turner and Lee Ann Womack, as well as special guests.
The UMG Nashville luncheon kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with a “to-go” barbecue lunch served at the Convention Center.
“When we planned the UMG CRS show last year, we had no idea how well it would be received,” says UMG Sr. VP Promotion and host of last year’s event, Royce Risser. “Each artist performed one acoustic song on the historic stage of the Ryman, creating a number of magical moments that people still talk about a year later.”
“The feedback from both attendees and our artists was overwhelming and seems to indicate that this is the start of a new marquee event at CRS,” continues Risser. “Unfortunately, Luke Lewis chose the same host as last year. Sorry about that.”
>>Digital Rodeo will host the Country Radio Seminar wrap-up event on Friday, March 4 at Cadillac Ranch. The show typically features about two-dozen Country artists performing material from a different genre or theme—this year’s focus is the British Invasion.
For the third year in a row, the social networking and Country lifestyle site is partnering with Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. to sponsor the event. It kicks off at 10:30 p.m. CST or immediately following the CRS New Faces of Country Music® Show and Dinner.
The line-up for CRS luncheons sponsored by Sony Music Nashville and Capitol Nashville will be announced this week.
Only credentialed CRS attendees are permitted to attend these events.
And don’t forget about MusicRow’s invitation-only CRS party featuring Colt Ford and Joanna Smith on Tues., March 1.
A reduced $399 Early Bird CRS registration rate is in effect through Friday, Feb. 18. The On-Site rate increases to $499 on Feb. 19. Contact the Country Radio Broadcasters at (615) 327-4487 or at for registration materials.

Jon Loba To Head Broken Bow/Stoney Creek

Jon Loba

CEO Benny Brown has appointed Jon Loba Senior Vice President/Label Group of This Is Hit, Inc., parent company of Broken Bow Records and Stoney Creek Records. Loba will report directly to Brown, effective tomorrow (2/1).
“I am thrilled to have Jon Loba back on our team,” says Brown. “Jon has an insurmountable amount of knowledge, talent and passion for this industry. Having Jon on our team to help with both label imprints will help us continue our company’s commitment to excellence.”
Loba rejoins the BBR/SCR family after exiting the company in 2007 to help launch The Valory Music Co. as VP of Promotion and Artist Development. “I want to wish everyone at Valory Music well and I will forever be proud of what we accomplished together but I’m very excited about my new opportunity,” says Loba.
He continues, “I cannot express how ecstatic I am to once again work with Benny Brown and his team, many whom I have worked with before. They are a passionate and talented group who keep defying the odds. The icing on my cake is being reunited with Jason Aldean and the chance to be involved with the careers of Thompson Square, James Wesley and all the BBR/Stoney Creek artists. I definitely feel like I am coming home and can’t wait to get started!”
Other artists signed to BBR/Stoney Creek are Blake Wise, Kristy Lee Cook, Ash Bowers and Crossin Dixon.
Jon Loba can be reached at 615-244-8600 or [email protected]

Loss Named Valory Promo Boss

Chris Loss

Chris Loss has been promoted to VP Promotion for The Valory Music Co. effective immediately. This follows the announcement of Jon Loba’s exit from the label today to run Broken Bow. Loss previously served as Dir. National Promotion/West Coast Promotion for Valory, as well as Dir. of West Coast Promotion for Lyric Street prior to that. Loss is currently based in Arizona, but will move to Nashville with this promotion.
“I am incredibly grateful to Scott for the opportunity to lead such a talented team. The bar has been set high by the entire Big Machine Label Group and Valory will have its best year ever in 2011,” says Loss. “Thanks to Country Radio, Reba is red-hot, Justin Moore is next-level bound and our team is about to deliver you an act who we know will be on the 2012 CRS New Faces Show.”
In addition to Loss, Valory has promoted George Briner to VP of Field Promotion and JoJamie Hahr to National Dir. of Field Promotion. Both will retain regional promotion duties in addition to their new responsibilities.
Loss can be reached at 615-324-7064 or [email protected] Briner can be reached at 615-324-7782 or [email protected] Hahr can be reached at 615-324-7787 or [email protected]

Sugarland's Latest Ships Platinum

Sugarland’s latest album, The Incredible Machine, recently received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) indicating shipments of more than one million units.
This marks the duo’s fourth consecutive release to reach platinum or multi-platinum status. It brings Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush‘s career total to more than 9 million records.
Sugarland’s 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour opens March 3 in Houston, TX, and ends in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on October 22.
Last year’s The Incredible Machine Tour was one of Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours of 2010.

Peermusic Inks Vicky McGehee

Peer Nashville's Kevin Lamb (L), with songwriter Vicky McGehee and Peer Nashville's Michael Knox.

Peer Music has purchased Vicky McGehee‘s Middle Child 2 Music catalog, and signed her to an exclusive songwriter and co-publishing deal. The announcement was made by peermusic’s Kevin Lamb and Michael Knox, both of whom are based in peer’s Nashville offices. The deal includes Vicky’s back catalogue as well as her future works.
Among McGehee’s hits is “Wildflower,” recorded by the the JaneDear girls. She also penned recent singles by Alan Jackson (“It’s Just That Way”) and Danny Gokey (“I Will Not Say Goodbye”). She is a frequent co-writer of Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and Toby Keith. McGehee has also written tracks for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, John Anderson and more.
In 2005 McGehee won MusicRow’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. In 2006 she won BMI’s Songwriter of the Year, and in 2007 she took home her first BMI Pop Award.
“Michael and I have some very definitive feelings about the first signings we make,” says Lamb. “From day one Vicky has been on our short list. Her talents and personality make her a great first signing since Michael joined peer and we are both thrilled to be working with her.”
“Vicky and I go back 10 years,” Knox stated. “We’ve had a lot of success together and I’m excited to continue that in the future. Vicki is a chameleon, you can put her in any songwriting situation and she will come out with something great.”
“Michael Knox signed me to Warner/Chappell Publishing in 2000 and what an amazing ride it was!” says McGehee. “Michael gave me the creative freedom I needed and just enough rope to either hang myself or fly, and man we flew! I’ve been on my own for over three years, starting my company, Middle Child 2 Music. It’s been a very successful run and an incredible experience. I didn’t think I would ever sign with another publisher again, but when I received a call a few months ago from Michael, I immediately missed being part of a family. There is such an excitement at peermusic about the future and about bringing the fun back to the music business.”

Industry Updates: ACM Noms Tomorrow

ACM noms • ASCAP Christian Music Awards • CountryRadio.TV opens • Dreamcatcher Mgmt/Kenny Rogers Productions • Cara Owen’s new gig • Road To Bonnaroo • Sam Phillips documentary
>>ACM nominations will be revealed tomorrow morning at a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Miranda Lambert and Ronnie Dunn will make the announcement. Check for all the news.
>>ASCAP will stage its 33rd Annual Christian Music Awards on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Nashville’s Richland Country Club. Tim DuBois, Vice President and Managing Executive, Nashville will lead his creative team in presenting ASCAP Song Awards to the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs in Christian music. Invitation-only.
>>Christopher Massey has launched CountryRadio.TV, offering video news to country radio station websites. The subscription service hosted by Meredith Weiss features artist interviews, a behind-the-scenes look at music video shoots and tour rehearsals, red carpet coverage, industry events and  performances. Contact Massey at (615) 866-6332 or [email protected]
>>Dreamcatcher Artist Management and Kenny Rogers Productions have merged. Bob Burwell will continue supervising touring and promotional activities for the company. Jason Henke continues as Director of Creative Services. Debbie Cross continues as Tour Coordinator, along with Tour Assistant, Melanie Herring. Jim Mazza will be working on special recording projects for the company
>>Cara Owen has left her post as Sony Music Nashville’s Manager, Artist Development & Marketing and joined Wilbanks Entertainment as Sr. Director of Marketing and Publishing. The company is working with Randy Owen and BLEVE Entertainment on a fundraising project for the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) and IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) Foundation Funds. Due in April, Owen’s studio album is being produced by Michael Knox. Owen can be reached at [email protected] or 615-337-8219.
>>The Road to Bonnaroo contest, sponsored by BMI, Mercy Lounge, Yuengling, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, will feature 24 bands with Nashville ties vying for three slots at Bonnaroo 2011, slated for June 9-12, in Manchester, Tenn. On Feb. 28, March 21 and April 18, eight bands per night will compete at the Mercy Lounge. An industry panel will contribute one half of the verdict, while fan voting through onsite ballots will determine the other half.
>>A documentary about seminal American musical figure Sam Phillips will be screened Feb. 9 at Vanderbilt University, with film writer Peter Guralnick speaking after the presentation. The free showing of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, is at 7 p.m. at the Sarratt Cinema.

SS Debuts Digital Song Genre Rpts

Genres Ranked by Percent Share of 2010 Total Digital Track Sales. Source: Nielsen SoundScan Overall Genres, sales from 1/4/2010 – 1/2/2011

One of the latest offerings from Nielsen SoundScan, the company that tracks sales of recorded product, is a series of Digital Song Genre Reports. These new lists compliment the Digital Song Genre charts which were created at the start of 2010.
“Nielsen SoundScan’s new digital song genre capabilities are an additional tool to help our label and retail partners market and sell music,” said David Bakula, Sr. VP Nielsen Entertainment. “Genre data provides an important context with analyzing digital track data in terms of artist sales as well as the broader trends at both the label and national levels.”
According to the company, Nielsen SoundScan offers 27 digital song genres overall and 16 core genres in each classification—Overall, Current, & Catalog. Current includes digital songs released in 2009 or 2010; Catalog includes digital songs released prior to 2009. More than five million songs have been coded with genres to date.
Nielsen offers two levels of genre categorization – Core Genre and Overall Genre. Core is the primary genre for any given song (a song may only have one core genre assignment) and overall Genre, which allows for digital songs to cross multiple genres simultaneously in order to better evaluate a song’s overall performance in the current market.
Rock was the most popular digital song genre with a 27% share during 2010. Rock also experiences a higher percentage of catalog sales within the genre, with 72.4% of its sales coming from catalog [see chart].

Bobby Karl Works Taylor Swift's Heavy Metal Party

Taylor Swift celebrates her No. 1 single "Mine" and other recent achievements Friday night (1/28) at the Hard Rock Cafe. Photo credit: Jamey Walls

Chapter 357

The best way to start a weekend is with a superstar.
“This is a Friday night, and you’re going to give me a portion of it – I’m so happy to see you,” said a delighted Taylor Swift. “I am so happy right now for these people in my life. They bring me joy.”
The occasion was “Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock,” a bash staged downtown on Friday evening (1/28). We gathered to celebrate world conquest by the 21-year-old music phenom. Specifically, her Triple Platinum success with her Speak Now CD, her No. 1 triumph with “Mine” and her cumulative U.S. sales of 13 million.
“I made a really personal record this time,” said Taylor of Speak Now, “and the time before that, and the time before that….Making this album without any co-writers was a little lonelier. But it was something I needed to do.”
“It looks like the gang’s all here,” said Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta in welcoming the crowd. “We’re here to celebrate and honor more incredible accomplishments by our friend Taylor Swift. We’re on a collision course with 20 million albums.”
A succession of presenters took the stage in the Hard Rock’s upstairs party room. First up was BMI’s Jody Williams. “Taylor re-sets the bar so consistently,” he said. “[Taylor’s producer] Nathan Chapman is like one of my kids, except he doesn’t cost me as much.”
Sony/ATV’s Troy Tomlinson recited a “poem” that spelled out “T-A-Y-L-O-R.” “O is for the owesome way you treat us,” he drawled, drawing laughs. “R is for renew my contract, which is what they do every time you renew with me.
“Nathan, what you and Taylor do when you get in those little rooms with no windows is magic.”
MusicRow’s David Ross took the serious route. “You look nice,” Taylor said to him. “Love the hat.”
“You look nice, too,” he replied. She did, with her tresses drawn back in a curly ponytail and wearing a fetching, black-and-white polka dotted shirtwaist dress cinched with a red belt. She stood in the crowd with the rest of us while the execs sang her praises, saving her thank-you speech for the finale.
“Your career is just so amazing,” David began. “All of us in this town feel so strongly about it. Your success is so truly deserved, and we feel so privileged to have a front-row seat to watch your career.”
MusicRow was well represented at the bash. Sherod Robertson, Jon Freeman and Sarah Skates were all applauding, as was yours truly.
Quoth the CRB’s Bill Mayne, “For the thousands of country radio stations all over America, we love you….We hope and want and need all of your success to continue.”
The CMA, the RIAA, Nielsen Soundscan, Country Aircheck, CMT, GAC and Universal Distribution all made presentations. But Scott and company kept things moving briskly along.
“Our relationship and our work together has been life changing,” said Scott of his stunning star. “She lives these songs. These songs are her DNA. She has this incredible emotional connection.”
“The fans are my friends,” Taylor responded. “I love that we understand each other. Scott Borchetta, thank you for letting me be me.”
Here are a few tidbits we picked up during the event. On the day that Speak Now came out, Nathan and his wife, recording artist Stephanie Chapman, found out they are pregnant. Speak Now has sold more than the 61 albums behind it on the pop chart, combined. Kay West nearly blew her People mag scoop when Taylor and former beau Jake Gyllenhaal turned up dining at Bound’ry a few weeks ago. A spy told Kay that Taylor was there, “with that guy from Jarheads,” and Kay assumed that was some rock band until she Googled the 2005 movie Jarhead. We decided that it must have been a farewell dinner with Jake begging Taylor not to write a song about him.
Anyhow, back to the party. The wait staff circulated with trays of cheeseburgers, spicy shrimp shots, sushi rolls, grilled veggies in pastry cups and crab cakes topped with dollops of remoulade.
The invitation-only, media-heavy crowd included Donna Hughes, Rob Simbeck, Ron Huntsman, Ron Cox (Avenue Bank is donating money to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Taylor’s name), Charlie Monk, Charlie Chase & Lorianne Crook, Suzanne Gordon, Susan Stewart, Sarah Trahern, Ed Hardy, Terry Wakefield, John Zarling, Chuck Aly, R.J. Curtis, Bob Doerschuk (who’d interviewed Taylor for CMA Close-Up that morning), Erin Burr, Mike Milom, Brian Mansfield, Hunter Kelly, Jay Frank, Sandi Borchetta, Phyllis Stark, Betsy Walker, Eric Weinberg, Wendell Moore and David Crow.
“I love this town,” Taylor told them. “I love this beautiful industry. I’m having so much fun, and thank-you for being the reason I get to.
“We’re about to do some crazy traveling,” Taylor reported. “It’s going to be a really busy year, and I am more than excited for that.” She said she’s brushing up on Japanese phrases to say on stage during her swing through Asia in February. Also Korean, Chinese and Filipino. Then Dutch, Norwegian, German, Italian, French and Spanish before she swings through the British Isles, all in March.
Like I said, world conquest.

Taylor Swift and her band with her many No. 1 and multi-platinum sales plaques. Photo credit: Jamey Walls

Heavy Metal Achievements

Taylor Swift’s career sales now exceed 20 million albums and 35 million song downloads.
With over 35 million tracks sold to date, Taylor remains the top selling digital artist in music history.
For the second time in three years, Taylor Swift is Billboard & Nielsen SoundScan’s top-selling artist of the year, with over 4.4 million albums sold in 2010.
Released in October, Speak Now sold 1,046,740 copies the first week, for the biggest debut-week sales for an album since 2005, and the biggest debut ever for a country studio album.
Speak Now has achieved Triple Platinum+ status since its release.
The album’s lead single, “Mine,” has sold 1.6 million digital downloads to date.
For the second consecutive year, Taylor is Billboard’s most-played artist, topping their annual all-genre Artist Airplay chart with more than 1.128 million airplay detections in 2010.
Taylor has sold more than 4 million albums each year for three consecutive years, and is the only artist to sell 4+ million albums each of the last three years.