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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Legal Aid Hosts Music Row Breakfast

The Legal Aid Society hosted its 2nd Annual Music Row breakfast on May 25 at Sunset Grill. The gathering is intended to facilitate a time for socializing and hearing about some of the organization’s work. The Legal Aid Society has provided free civil legal services to families with nowhere else to turn. Sponsors for the […]

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Dunn Signs on For Canadian Award Show

The Canadian Country Music Awards will air Sept. 12 on Canada’s CBC TV network. The prestigious awards cap the CCMA’s annual Country Music Week festivities slated this year to emanates from Hamilton, Ontario Sept. 9-12. Performers announced for the upcoming show include Canadian artists George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker and Emerson Drive plus international […]

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Protect IP Bill Aims To Curb Piracy

Legislation designed to crack down on rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods was introduced today (5/12) to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A bipartisan group of Senators including Patrick Leahy (D-VT.) , Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) proposed the legislation. According to an official press release, The Preventing Real […]

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Cloud-Based Chromebook For Rent

Google never sleeps. After announcing a new cloud-based music locker service earlier this week, the search giant has now revealed plans to offer an ultra cheap laptop based on its Chrome operating system as soon as June 15. The new device can be rented by students for just $20, or others at $28 month. The […]

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Comparing 2011 Sales With 2010

It’s only May, but the question is starting to arise, “How will 2011 country album sales compare with the previous year?”

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CMT Disaster Relief Concert Tonight

[Updated 5/12: The concert will feature call to action messages from President Obama, Big Kenny, Carrie Underwood, Courteney Cox, Ellen Degeneres, University of Alabama Coach Nick Saban, Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and more. MusicRow has the exclusive list of stars who will be manning the phone bank tonight, including Alabama, Ashton Shepherd, Big […]

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Google Unveils Cloud Lockers: Analysis

Labels are resisting a licensing deal which would allow Spotify to launch in the U.S. Labels are also resisting a deal with Apple for a comprehensive streaming music service. But is this smart?

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Microsoft Pays $8.5 Billion For Skype

Microsoft has jumped squarely into the communication sector with its purchase of Skype Technologies SA for $8.5 billion in cash. The VOIP phone service will headline a new division at the aging tech giant under the leadership of Skype’s Tony Bates. Bates will report directly to Microsoft’s Steve Balmer. News of the sale was first […]

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Kerry O’Neil: Label Logistics

The Assets They Control Are Incredible. So when people talk about the demise of the labels it sounds a bit ridiculous to me. Traditional record label models have always been about creating and owning assets. But…

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WMG Sold For $3.3 Billion

Digital Music News and the Los Angeles Times report that Warner Music Group has agreed to be purchased by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries for approximately $3.3 billion. Included in the “merger agreement” are both recording and publishing divisions plus Access Industries will assume WMG debt of approximately $2 billion. The purchase price calculates to about […]

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Voice Gets Louder, Adds Starpower

NBC’s new talent discovery show, The Voice is upping its star power with the addition of…

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