Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest Scores Big Ratings

Taylor Swift on New Years Rockin Eve.

Taylor Swift on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013, which included performances by a mix of country and pop hitmakers, scored its best ratings since 2000.
Partying in New York’s Times Square were Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and Psy. The West Coast countdown welcomed Jason Aldean, Justin Bieber, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding, The Wanted, Brandy, Flo Rida, Karmin, One RepublicPitbull and host Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.
According to, the ABC show was No. 1 with adults 18-49 and with total viewers. It garnered a 4.1 rating for adults 18-49, it’s biggest in 12 years. It averaged 13.26 million viewers.
On NBC, New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly lagged with about 3.8 million viewers.
Jason Aldean on New Year's Eve

Jason Aldean on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Mark Your Calendar–January 2013

RHAlbum Releases

January 7
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out/Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed/Cracker Barrel
January 8
The Living Sisters/Run for Cover/Vanguard Records
Jesse and Noah Bellamy/Driven Back
January 15
Katie Armiger/Fall Into Me/Cold River Records
Jeff Black/B-Sides and Confessions, Volume Two
January 22
Darius Rucker/True Believers/Capitol
Randy Houser/How Country Feels/Stoney Creek Records
Gary Allan/Set You Free/MCA
Various/2013 Grammy Nominees/Capitol
Kris Kristofferson/Feeling Mortal [digital]
Overmountain Men/The Next Best Thing/Ramseur Records
January 23
Buck Owens/Honky Tonk Man/Omnivore Recordings
Don Rich/Don Rich Sings George Jones/Omnivore Recordings
January 29
The Mavericks/In Time/Valory
Kris Kristofferson/Feeling Mortal
Blue Sky Riders/Finally Home

ECSingle Releases

January 7
Darius Rucker/Wagon Wheel/Capitol
January 14
Easton Corbin/All Over The Road/Mercury
Miranda Lambert/Mama’s Broken Heart/RCA
Charlie Worsham/Could It Be/Warner Bros.-W.A.R.
January 17
Stephanie Grace/Would U Be Mine
January 21
Lonestar/Maybe Someday/Tenacity
Chris Janson/Better I Don’t/Bigger Picture
Train feat. Ashley Monroe/Bruises/Crush-Columbia-9 North
January 24
John Karl/That’s What I Believe
Andy Griggs/Don’t Let Go

MIDEMIndustry Events

January 13
The Golden Globes air on NBC
January 14
Panel discussion “YouTube: More Money From Your Music” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at BMI’s Nashville offices
January 26-29
MIDEM’s Direct2Fan Camp in Cannes

Industry Ink (1/2/2013)

Zmusicpublishing logoTerry and Wanda Seay recently announced the formation of ZMusic Publishing. Diane Untz has signed on with the company as a managing partner and creative director, while Frankie Lackey will serve as a managing partner and publishing director.
The company will focus on songwriter mentoring and development, song evaluations and new artist management. ZMusic Publishing will offer songwriters single song contracts and standard publishing contracts. Terry Seay can be reached at here. For more information, visit

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AIMP111The Association of Independent Music Publishers will host the panel “YouTube: More Money From Your Music” on Monday (Jan. 14) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at BMI’s Nashville offices. The panel will focus on how publishing companies can harness YouTube to increase awareness and revenue.
The panel will feature moderator David Crow, a partner with Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley PLC. Panelists will include RightsFlow co-founder Patrick Sullivan, also a Strategic Partner Development Manager with Google (RightsFlow was acquired by Google) and Scott Shellwood, a Strategic Partner Development Manager with YouTube. The reservation cutoff is Thursday (Jan. 10). For more information, visit

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LegacyChris Hollo, official photographer for the Grand Ole Opry, will launch the monthly web series LEGACY on Thursday (Jan. 3) via Facebook. The series focuses on a young woman who realizes she is part of an ancient plan to create a superior race of humans capable of surviving a global catastrophe.
At the end of each episode, Hollo gives viewers the ability to interact and choose which direction the next episode will take. For more information on the series, visit

Performers for MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Announced

BSPerformers have been announced for the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, honoring Bruce Springsteen. Performers will include Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Natalie Maines.
Jon Stewart will host the sold-out event on Feb. 8. in Los Angeles. Additional performances during the evening include Alabama Shakes, Ben Harper, Jim James, Juanes, John Legend, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Eddie Vedder and past honorees Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Elton John and StingRob Mathes will be the evening’s musical director.
Now in its 23rd year, the annual gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and auction, followed by a gala dinner and concert to support the year-round efforts of MusiCares, which ensures members of the music community have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
Grammy Week culminates with the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, which will broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Dwight Yoakam on Leno Tonight

Photo Credit: Margaret Malandruccolo

Photo Credit: Margaret Malandruccolo

Dwight Yoakam launches into 2013 with a performance in support of his latest album, 3 Pears (Warner Bros.), on Wednesday, (Jan. 2) on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Yoakam will also promote his single “A Heart Like Mine.” 3 Pears appeared on best-of-2012 lists compiled by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice and NPR.
With an eight-week run, 3 Pears spent more weeks at No. 1 on the Americana album chart than any other release in 2012. It is Yoakam’s 26th studio album.

Azoff Departs Live Nation

Irving Azoff

Irving Azoff

Irving Azoff has exited his post as Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and CEO of its Front Line Management Group.
According to The New York Times, exiting with Azoff will be his longtime management clients including the Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Van Halen and Steely Dan.
In conjunction with his departure, Liberty Media Corporation has purchased 1.7 million shares of Live Nation stock from Azoff, increasing its stake to 26.4%.
Liberty Media also owns cable company Starz, where Azoff is reportedly joining the board of directors. Additionally, Liberty has a major stake in Sirius XM.
Azoff is also on the board of Clear Channel Communications, and media and entertainment company IMG.
Michael Rapino will continue as President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment.
Live Nation purchased Front Line in 2011, at which point Azoff became chairman of Live Nation.
“After successfully overseeing the integration of Live Nation and Ticketmaster over the past two years, my job here is done,” said Azoff in a statement. “We put together the leading company across concert promotion, ticketing, sponsorship and artist management and delivered the great results promised by the merger. I especially enjoyed my time with my partner Michael Rapino, and he has demonstrated the ability to lead this company from now on. I’m looking forward to returning to the entrepreneurial world and continuing to work with all my friends and colleagues at Live Nation.”
“Irving has been a valuable partner and friend for the past few years,” added Rapino. “We will certainly miss him and we thank him for his many contributions in building Live Nation to the global company it is today.”