New Music Shows Coming To TV, Web

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe is working on a new music-based reality show called Opening Act. He will team with Mary J. Blige and Antonina Armato of the Rock Mafia production/writing team to scour the Internet for videos of aspiring singers. The show’s producers will then surprise the hopefuls with spots opening for stars including Jason Aldean, Rod Stewart, LMFAO and Nicki Minaj. Premieres July 9 on E!.

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As web series grow in popularity, online music video destination VEVO has six new music-centered series that will air on the platform and that will also be available to watch on demand. Among the offerings will be Sound + City which uncovers the people, places and things that influence the music of a particular city. The first six episodes explore Nashville, Miami, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Portland and Atlanta. VEVO attracts 250 million unique visitors every month.

Nine North Announces Promotion Staff Updates

Nine North/Turnpike Music’s Larry Pareigis and Tom Moran have announced a round of promotions and additions to the company’s staff.

Jessica Harrell, formerly of Radio & Records, Country Aircheck and most recently joins as Manager, Southeast Promotion. She will be based in Jacksonville, FL. Congratulate her at [email protected].

Nashville-based Ryan Barnstead will continue his current job as Director, East Coast for Turnpike but will additionally add Midwest regional duties for Nine North. Reach him at [email protected].

Greg Stevens will maintain his work as Director, West Coast for Turnpike but also add West Coast responsibilities for Nine North. He will be based in Dallas. Email him at [email protected].

Another as-yet-unnamed promotion person will soon be added to the staff as Nine North’s Manager, Northeast Promotion.

Exiting the company are regional promotion reps Will Robinson, Doc Gonzales, and Jim Dorman.