Artist Updates (10/01/12)

Taylor Swift’s weekly iTunes song rollout for Red (10/22) continues this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, where the artist is giving viewers a 30 second clip of a new song from the album. The song will be available for download on iTunes at midnight tonight. Additionally, Swift will be interviewed by Cynthia McFadden on ABC’s Nightline, airing tonight (10/1).

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Kip Moore will perform his hit No. 1 single “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” today (10/1) on NBC’s Today from the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The performance is part of a special show, “Kathie Lee and Hoda Go Back to College,” and UT won a contest to host the episode. “The energy level at a college is always heightened,” Moore says. “You’ve got so much spirit among the student body. That gives us energy when we are playing, so we always look forward to playing on college campuses.”

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The video for Luke Bryan’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” is set for an exclusive debut on E! News Tuesday, October 2 at 7 pm and 11:30 pm/ET. The clip will also be airing on for 24 hours after the premiere. Shaun Silva worked with Bryan on the video for “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” which is the fourth single from Bryan’s tailgates & tanlines.

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Big & Rich will offer four director’s cut music videos of songs from their new album Hillbilly Jedi on CMT’s “Hillbilly Hijack” segment October 5. The duo handpicked directors to apply a creative vision to songs “Party Like Cowboys,” “Born Again,” “Lay It All On Me,” and “Cheat On You,” which will all air in the segment. Directors The Edde Brothers, Ryan Hamblin, Kip Kubin and Jeff Venable are the director talents behind the clips.

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Craig Morgan has been tapped to co-host the upcoming season of Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge, which debuts Wednesday, October 3 at 9:30 pm/ET on Outdoor Channel. Field & Stream editor-at-large T. Edward Nickens will co-host the reality program, which follows the journey of outdoor enthusiasts to become the Total Outdoorsman champion.

(L-R): Allen Treadwell, T. Edward Nickens, Craig Morgan. Photo Courtesy Outdoor Channel.

Party Pics: CRS Battle of the Bands

Five label groups formed bands and rocked 3rd & Lindsley Thursday night, Sept. 27, at the inaugural CRS Battle of the Bands. The sold out evening featured entertaining lineups from BBR Music Group, Capitol Nashville, Sony Music Nashville, UMG Nashville and Warner Music Nashville. UMG Nashville was declared the winner, based on an audience applause-meter and monetary donations from the crowd. The industry event raised money for the CRS Scholarship Fund and The Country Radio Hall of Fame.

CRS Battle of the Bands 2012 winners, UMG Nashville’s Tiny Huge City

Sony Music Nashville’s Bushido

Warner Music Nashville’s The Almighty Warner Band


BBR Music Group’s One Night Stand Band

Capitol Nashville’s Capitol eMERGing Artists

BMI Promotes Two in Nashville Office

Mark Mason, Bradley Collins

BMI has announced the promotions of Mark Mason and Bradley Collins, both of whom are key team members in the organization’s Nashville Writer/Publisher Relations department.

“BMI is lucky to have two such engaged and forward-thinking Writer/Publisher executives on our Nashville team,” said Jody Williams, Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations. “Mark Mason consistently creates win-win opportunities for BMI songwriters by providing showcase opportunities, as well as through strategic partnerships he develops. Bradley Collins is an amazing talent scout, organizational point person and problem solver. Mason and Collins have a unique ability to amplify songwriters’ talents and mentor them, without losing sight of what makes a writer special.”

Previously a Senior Director, Mason has been upped to Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations. He started his career at RCA and joined BMI in 1995 as Associate Director, assuming increasing levels of responsibility for developing and coordinating showcases in Nashville and the region.

Collins has been promoted to Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations from his previous role as Director. He joined the organization in 2002 from Acuff-Rose Music Publishing. His duties include coordinating writer events, creating opportunities for BMI writers and publishers, and identifying new sources of revenue and exposure for artists.

Demonbreun Property Changes Hands

A 1.5 acre piece of property on Demonbreun near the roundabout sold last week for $6.75 million, according to the Nashville Post. The land at 1515 Demonbreun is currently a parking lot across the street from the row of shops and restaurants.

Demonbreun-FCA, a subsidiary of Charlotte, N.C. based Faison Enterprises, purchased the lot. No word on the company’s plans for the land, but the Post reports Faison’s history of developing mixed-use properties, including the Avenue Murfreesboro.

The Lionstone Group unloaded the parcel, but retained another 1.5 acres on the roundabout itself.