Author Archive: David M Ross

David M. Ross has been covering Nashville's music industry for over 25 years. [email protected]

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Dale Bobo Forms Music Direction Company

Music publishing veteran Dale Bobo has started Dale Bobo Music Direction, providing consultation, management, and creative propulsion to music publishers, songwriters and producers. The company’s inaugural client is hit songwriter/producer Jeff Stevens, who has written songs for George Strait, Tim McGraw and others including the recent Luke Bryan #1 single “Someone Else Calling You Baby” whom […]

Category: Featured, Publishing, Weekend

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Urban Tour Places Artist Closer To Fans

Keith Urban’s Get Closer World Tour enthralled a sold-out Bridgestone Arena crowd in downtown Nashville, Aug. 6. “The idea of the Get Closer stage,” Urban told the crowd, “is to do away with the fences so there’s no me and you— just us…” And that’s how it was.


Category: Exclusive, Featured, Touring, Weekend

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Adkins/Chenoweth To Host ACA

Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth will co-host the 2nd Annual American Country Awards, live from Las Vegas, Dec. 5 on FOX. Adkins returns to host the youngest of the nationallly televised country award shows and the only one that allows fans to vote in traditional and new categories such as touring. Adkins, a Grand Ole […]

Category: Artist, Awards, Featured

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Friday Fabulons: Dunn, Jackson and the New Crew Writers Round

Ronnie Dunn and BMI Celebrate 25 Years of Hits • Alan Jackson On Country Weekly Cover • ASCAP’s New Crew Writers Round

Category: Artist, Organizations, Publishing

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UK Realigns IP Laws

The UK has announced sweeping changes to its intellectual property laws in response to a comprehensive analysis delivered last May titled, “Digital Opportunity: an Independent Review of IP and Growth.” An official UK government communication characterizes the report,


Category: Awards, Exclusive, Featured, Publishing

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Thursday Thoughts

NSAI/CMT Song Contest Opens To Submissions • RPM Transportation Consultants Moves To Music Row • New industry career group, the Young Entertainment Professionals begins to make a difference

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Church Enjoys Heavenly Sales

Capitol Chieftain Mike Dungan and his flock of the Capitol faithful have created a revival of sorts. First and foremost they receive a righteous shout out for launching Eric Church into the No. 1 spot on both the Top 200 and Country album charts with sales of almost 145,000 units. Secondly, their efforts have had […]


Category: Exclusive, Featured, Label, Sales/Marketing, Weekend

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RIAA’s Bainwol In Auto Talks

According to various reports including CNET, Billboard, All Access and others, Recording Industry of America (RIAA) CEO/Chairman Mitch Bainwol may soon be “driving” away to a new job as head of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The auto-industry trade organization represents companies such as BMW, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Reportedly, Bainwol has not actually […]

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Jake Owen Gets Gold • Shane Stevens Named Million Air • Due West Teams With Garth Fundis

Jake Owen is celebrating some summer Gold with his digital single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” Officially certified by the RIAA, and with download sales of over 550,000 the song is the fastest rising single of Owen’s career. In addition, the music video for “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” debuted on VEVO just four weeks ago and […]

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Dill To Open New Management Division?

The MusicRow crystal ball is blinking again…. and this time it’s sensing a change in the management sector of Nashville’s music industry. Still no official news, but look for a global entertainment company to announce, perhaps as soon as next week, a new relationship with artist manager Stuart Dill which will include opening a Nashville […]

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Spins.FM Turns Dial Toward Nashville

Since last week (7/19), when MusicRow wrote about, an interactive tool designed to convert social networking fans into radio requests, there are rumblings that a few high profile country artists are set to take the technology for a “spin.” has created two widgets to help leverage an artist’s social networking success into FM […]

Category: Exclusive, Featured, Radio

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