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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Church Finds Gold In Carolina

Eric Church’s recent album, Carolina has just been Gold certified by the RIAA for sales over 500,000 units. Carolina features “Smoke A Little Smoke” and “Love Your Love The Most” which have also been certified Gold, having sold over 500,000 digital copies each. “It’s always been my goal to make records that are a complete […]

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WBMA Honors Members At Hard Rock Cafe

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) recently celebrated the talents and contributions of its members with a special gathering sponsored by the Hard Rock Cafe, titled, Wonder Woman Awards and Cocktail Party. The evening’s top honor, the Wonder Woman Award went to Jen Smith. The WMBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering opportunities within […]

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Golden “Honey Bee”

How sweet it is! “Honey Bee” recorded by Blake Shelton buzzes beyond the hive to become the fastest rising single ever to sell over 500,000 units by a male country soloist—in seven weeks. The track was introduced during the ACM awards, hosted by Shelton and Reba, and downloaded 138,000 units its very first week. The […]

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Peermusic Signs Rachel Farley

peermusic has signed 15-year old Rachel Farley to an exclusive songwriter/co-publishing agreement, announces peermusic VP Kevin Lamb. Farley was brought to the attention of peermusic via Sr. Creative Director Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Josh Thompson, Frankie Ballard) who is producing her debut CD for Average Joe’s Entertainment. The new […]

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Bug Acquires Sugar Hill Publishing Rights

Bug Music CEO John Rudolph announced today the company has entered into an exclusive agreement to administer rights to Sugar Hill Records’ music publishing catalog. The deal gives Bug Music worldwide rights to a 600-title library containing a “who’s who” of country, bluegrass and Americana music. The rosters at Sugar Hill Records’ two publishing companies, […]

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Whiskey Myers Meets Industry And Media

(Nashville, TN) Texas-based Southern Country rockers Whiskey Myers debuted material from their recently released Firewater album last night for an industry crowd at downtown Nashville venue The Rutledge. Firewater, released April 26, earned a No. 3 debut on the iTunes Country Albums chart and a No. 26 debut on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. The five-piece […]

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Entertainment Audience Fragmentation Spurs Decline In Perceived Value

Public Relations firm Edelman, with offices in 53 cities and over 3,700 employees worldwide, has released findings from its fifth annual Value, Engagement and Trust in the Era of Social Entertainment survey. Results from the 2011 study show that compared with 2010, consumers believe they are getting 68% less value from entertainment sources in all […]

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Serletic Snags $10.8 Million For Music Platform

Music Mastermind was founded in 2007 by Matt Serletic, former Virgin Records Chairman/CEO and the GRAMMY Award‐winning hit maker behind Matchbox Twenty, Gloriana, Carlos Santana, and others; and Bo Bazylevsky, a top Wall Street bond trader, senior hedge fund portfolio manager, and the former Global Head of Emerging Markets Corporate Trading at J.P. Morgan. The […]

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Darius Rucker, Vince Gill Earn Honorary Degrees

Darius Rucker was the keynote speaker at the Medical University of South Carolina commencement ceremony on May 20. In speaking to the graduates from six colleges within MUSC Rucker shared, “You guys said to the world, ‘I’m going to take my brains, my talents, and my smarts and I’m going to help make the world […]

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HFA Offers Reduced Commissons

The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) has announced a new program which offers publishers a chance to greatly reduce the commission rate on royalty distributions from HFA. Under its new Reduced Commission Program (RCP), publishers are guaranteed a rate of 5.25% in exchange for centralizing all their U.S. mechanical licensing and royalty processing with HFA. Additional […]

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Grant Williams Offers Singer Mini-Clinic

Vocal coach Renee Grant-Williams will conduct a day long, information-intensive MiniClinic for Singers at her downtown studio in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, June 10. The fast-moving sessions, limited to only six attendees, will focus on each individual singers’ personal strengths as well as their challenges. “What you get in a MiniClinic that you don’t get […]

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