Industry Ink Monday 5/23

Digital Music News is reporting that RIAA President Cary Sherman made a salary of over $3.1 million in 2009, working 50 hours a week. RIAA CEO and Director Mitch Bainwol reportedly made $1.62 million the same year. The RIAA is paying $16.2 million in salaries, other compensation, and benefits in total.

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Lady Gaga’s highly-anticipated Born This Way is out today and retail giant Amazon is offering a digital download of the full album for a market-low of $.99 today only. The predictably high demand has already caused slow wait times for Amazon mp3 users.

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Miranda Lambert will get the documentary treatment when VH1 airs Behind The Music: Miranda Lambert July 13, at 9 pm CT. The special follows Miranda’s rise to stardom, from playing East Texas dives at 18 to winning a Grammy Award for “The House That Built Me.” Guest commentators include Blake Shelton, Miranda’s parents Rick and Bev, Tracy Gershon, Joe Galante, Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney and Hillary Scott.

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RPM writer and fiddler Nathan Stoops has been playing music recently with American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina, and has now been tapped to play the show’s finale Wednesday, May 25. Stoops is a member of the country group Scarletta, which also includes RPM writers Aubrey Collins and Benji Harris. The group is co-managed by MTM’s Rusty Harmon and RPM’s Scott Siman.

Scarletta: Benji Harris, Aubrey Collins, and Nathan Stoops

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